Interactions between wildlife and people living in the same landscape are inevitable. Get the knowledge, tools, and support you need to live alongside wildlife in the Southeast.

Living peacefully with wildlife is important for a number of reasons. Wildlife plays a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. For example, pollinators such as bees and butterflies are essential for plant reproduction, and predators help to control populations of herbivores. When wildlife populations decline, it can have a cascading effect on the entire ecosystem, disrupting food webs and leading to the collapse of other species.

Wildlife also provides a number of direct and indirect benefits to human health and well-being. For example, wildlife tourism is a major economic driver in many parts of the world, and contact with nature has been shown to have a number of positive effects on physical and mental health.

Many people believe that we have a moral obligation to protect wildlife and coexist with other species on Earth. Wildlife has inherent value, and we should strive to minimize our impact on the natural world.

Use the pages and links contained in this virtual toolkit to learn how to live alongside wildlife in your area, and share the landscape with all our neighbors.

Tailless Raccoon
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Craig Tooley

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