PRESS RELEASE — Friday, July 19, 2013
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July 26 DIALOGUE Features Interview With Wildlife Conservation Leader Shane Mahoney

— Airs Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, July 28 at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT

In conjunction with World Conservation Day, which falls on July 28, DIALOGUE host Marcia Franklin talks with internationally known conservationist Shane Mahoney. Mahoney, a Canadian wildlife biologist, believes the conservation movement is one of the greatest ideas the United States has produced, but that without broader support, our country could start losing the species it has protected.

Mahoney, executive director of the Institute of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability for the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, is known for his conservation advocacy work. He visited Boise to address the annual meeting of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association and the City Club of Boise. In 2012, he was the keynote speaker at the Idaho Fish and Game’s Wildlife Summit.

Among other issues, Franklin and Mahoney discuss whether the general public should help fund the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Currently, the agency does not receive any sales tax revenue, but is instead funded in large part by hunting and fishing licenses. The two also discuss the value of wildlife to humans, conflicts over certain species such as wolves, and the threats to wildlife around the world.

In a special Web extra available online at, the two continue their discussion about conservation issues.

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