Gallatin Wildlife Association speaker Dr. Bruce L. Smith will talk about habitat, biodiversity, implications of wildlife overpopulation and conserving wildlife migratory patterns and other wildlife issues in the Bozeman Public Library Large Conference Room at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. The free event will be followed by a book signing.

Smith is a veteran wildlife manager and scientist of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He spent most of his 30- year federal career at the Wind River Indian Reservation and the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. His research has produced over 40 technical and popular papers and book chapters focused primarily on large mammal population ecology, diseases, migratory behavior, and predator-prey relationships.

In 2011, he published “Where Elk Roam” about Jackson Hole’s famous elk herd. It was honored with a Montana Book Award in 2012. His upcoming book, “Life on the

Rocks,” is a photographic and text portrait of the North American mountain goat. Bruce continues to promote wildlife conservation and natural resource sustainability from his home in Sheridan, Mont.

For information on Smith’s publications, visit www.brucesmithwildlife.com. The technical papers are a www.jstor.org product which is a subscription service and is available at the MSU library. If you have questions, call Nancy Schultz at 582-9720.

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