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Gray Wolf: Fairness and Justice in Collaborative Governance

Lauren Elizabeth Colwell & Steve Smutko (University of Wyoming)

June 2013


This negotiation simulation is based on facts and figures related to the establishment of a wolf-hunting season in Minnesota in 2012. The simulation is meant to portray a realistic collaborative effort to manage wolf populations. The stakeholders in this negotiation represent diametrically opposing views; however, there is room in the issues and options agreed upon to find a distributively fair and procedurally just solution for all members. The issues at stake in the negotiation involve details regarding the planning and implementation of a new gray wolf hunting season in a Great Lakes state for the purpose of population control and recreation rather than solely for depredation management. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the Endangered Species List and management of the species has shifted to state control under the State Department of Natural Resources. The population of nearly 3,000 gray wolves in the state is the largest in the lower 48 states.