David Parsons

last updated 4/20/2018

David R. Parsons

Wildlife Biologist at Project Coyote

P.O. Box 5007, Larkspur, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(415) 945-3232

General Information


Utility Warehouse Distributor - Utility Warehouse Limited

Marketing Director and Graphic Designer - Serena Star Photography Company

Director - Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Member, Coalition of Conservation Groups - District of Arizona

Freelance Portrait Artist - David Parsons & Associates Inc

Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator - FWS

Mortgage Broker - Abbey Life Assurance Company Limited


BAUniversity of California at Davis

Bachelor of Science degree - Fisheries and Wildlife Biology , Iowa State University


Master of Science degree - Wildlife Ecology , Oregon State University


PhDStanford University

master’s degree - wildlife ecology. , 


Board Member - The George Wright Society

Board Member - The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Member - Southwestern Gray Wolf Recovery Team

Advisor - Southwest

Board Member - Appraisal Institute

Member - IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas

Founder - Nonessential Experimental Population

Graduate Advisor - Prescott College

Member - Ecological Society of Australia

Steering Committee Member - Southern Rockies Wolf Restoration Project

Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator and Current Member - Worldwide Union of Conservationists

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Project Coyote founder and executive director (and director and producer of KILLING GAMES) Camilla Fox and Project Coyote Science Advisor David Parsons will discuss how wildlife killing contests are symptomatic of a larger issue of predator mismanagement by state and federal wildlife agencies for social canids (wolves and coyotes) to illuminate both the problems and their solutions.

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David R. Parsons, MS
David R. Parsons, MS David Parsons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and his Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University. Dave is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where from 1990-1999 he led the USFWS's effort to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf to portions of its former range in Arizona and New Mexico. Dave's interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and wildlands conservation at scales that fully support ecological and evolutionary processes. He is the vice-chairman and a science fellow of The Rewilding Institute (a conservation think tank) and is the Institute's Carnivore Conservation Biologist. Dave was a graduate advisor in the Environmental Studies Master of Arts Program at Prescott College, Arizona from 2002-Spring 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and serves on several regional steering/advisory committees for organizations and coalitions advocating for wolf recovery and landscape-scale conservation in the Southwest. In 2001, Dave was a co-recipient of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society's annual "Professional Award. In April 2007 at the North American Wolf Conference, Dave received the 2006 "Alpha Award" for his "outstanding professional achievement and leadership toward the recovery of Mexican wolves. In May 2008 Dave received the "Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award" from the Wilburforce Foundation and the "Mike Seidman Memorial Award" from the Sky Island Alliance for his conservation achievements. Dave is the owner of Parsons Biological Consulting, which provides technical services, information, and policy advice on matters relating to wildlife biology and ecology, and wildlife and wildlands conservation to conservation-minded clients. He enjoys wildlife viewing and wilderness backpacking and lives in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, Noralyn.

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