Suzanne Asha Stone
Areas of Expertise: Wolf conservation, wildlife conflict management, compensation programs, co-existence and nonlethal techniques for reducing wolf and livestock conflicts.
“Over the decades I’ve worked for wolves, one thing stands out above all else. People view wolves as if they were looking into a mirror. If they feel fear or hate, they imagine the wolf as a demon staring back at them. If they look instead from a perspective of empathy and respect, they see the reflection of a wise and kindred spirit. It is all about who we are as human beings.”
Suzanne Asha Stone has worked in wolf restoration in the northern Rockies since 1988, including serving as a member of the 1995/1996 USA/Canadian wolf reintroduction team. She currently oversees Defender's programs for wolf conservation and restoration in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. She works directly with ranchers and farmers to help livestock owners and wildlife managers devise and implement strategies to reduce wolf and livestock conflicts. Suzanne is the lead author of Defenders' recent publications Livestock and Wolves: A Guide to Nonlethal Tools and Methods to Reduce Conflict and a co-author of Places for Wolves. She also authored a chapter titled Building Tolerance for Wolf Restoration in the Rockies: Compensation and Nonlethal Deterrent Programs in University of Calgary's new publication: The World of Wolves: New Perspectives on Ecology, Behaviour and Policy. Suzanne also developed Defenders' Livestock Producers Advisory Council and currently serves on the Western Wolf Coalition steering committee to help promote wolf conservation within the region.
Before coming to Defenders, Suzanne started as her career as the public outreach intern for the Central Idaho Wolf Recovery Steering Committee, the assistant director of the Wolf Education and Research Center and then director of Idaho's Wolf Recovery Foundation. She has presented on wolf conservation and nonlethal conflict management methods at conferences and seminars from Oxford University, the First Diversitas International Conference on Biodiversity, the World Wolf Symposium to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and Montana Wool Growers annual conventions. Suzanne holds a Masters degree in Wildlife Conservation and Conflict Management from Prescott College in Arizona and has received numerous awards for her work, including the "Alpha Award," presented by her peers at the 2005 North American Wolf Conference. Suzanne credits her long career in wolf conservation (25 years and counting) to the great conservation leaders who inspired her work, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Rachel Carson. Her favorite essay is “Thinking Like a Mountain” by Aldo Leopold and favorite wolf book is “Of Wolves and Men” by Barry Lopez.