Ron Thompson has more than four decades as wildlife biologist, range conservationist, wildlife manager and law enforcement supervisor. He's worked with the US Forest Service and 20 years as the Arizona Game and Fish Department's statewide big game habitat program manager and large carnivore biologist for mountain lions and black bears. He is now co-owner in the nonprofit organization Primero Conservation, programs using non-lethal methods to reduce mountain lion predation on endangered desert bighorn sheep. For the past 10 years he’s worked closely with established jaguar conservation areas and private ranch owners in Sonora, Mexico in efforts directed at improving native prey populations and sustainable wildlife resources to protect and conserve jaguars within the presence of livestock. Ron is a founding member of the governing Council for the Wild Felid Research and Management Association and the Cougar Working Group for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.