Russ Talmo

Rockies & Plains Program Associate
Based out of the Missoula field office, Russ works directly with landowners and management agencies to manage the Electric Fence Incentive Program and the Yellowstone Bison Coexistence Project. He also lends support to various field coexistence projects for black footed ferret, fisher, wolverine, bison and wolves.

Posts By: Russ Talmo

Grizzly with cubs, © Jim Chagares

Winter Is Coming. And Bears Know It. »

Conflicts between humans and bears can happen more often this time of year as bears must eat enough food to make it through the winter. Thankfully there are simple steps and useful tools to keep bears and people’s property safe.

Wolverine, © Anna Yu/iStock© Anna Yu/iStock

Wolverine Watchers »

This winter we set up monitoring stations at Bitterroot National Forest to document animal activity, specifically wolverines, to better understand their habitat requirements and the threats to their survival.

Grizzly Bears, © Jim Chagares

Notes from the Field: Installing Fences in Bear Country »

The electric fencing program is another way that Defenders is helping individuals, landowners and communities coexist with wildlife. Bear conflicts on private lands are dramatically reduced when electric fencing is put around things that attract bears, like chicken coops, bee hives, fruit trees and small livestock. Human-caused mortality is the number one cause of grizzly deaths in the continental United States, but is also one of the most preventable. That is why programs like our fencing incentive are so critical to conservation and recovery efforts.