Chris Colligan is GYC’s Wildlife Program Coordinator, based out of Jackson. Currently, efforts around grizzly bear connectivity issues, conflict reduction and protecting core habitat are the focus of Chris’ position. Chris enjoys finding on-the-ground solutions for that prevent wildlife from being killed on our roadways and solving conflicts that increase social tolerance for species like grizzly bears and wolves.

Prior to the GYC, Chris worked on another contentious issue for Wyoming as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Brucellosis Information and Education Specialist in Jackson. Chris grew up near Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and minored in Public Relations. He worked for the Illinois Natural History Survey, shortly after college, researching hunter opinions and attitudes towards wildlife management. Chris left the Midwest for the recreational opportunities available in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Here he pursues his outdoor interests, which include hiking, hunting, fly-fishing, snowboarding and wildlife watching.