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Tempering the Urgency of Extinction

Professor Stephanie Rutherford (School of the Environment)

This talk explores the tensions that emerge in conservation practice when the extinction crisis drives urgent—but short-term—solutions. Drawing on two brief vignettes from my research on wolves in Canada, I assert that this urgency, while justified, can work privilege some animals over other in ways that do little to change the narratives and practices which drive widespread species decline.