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Promoting Coexistence

Partnering with Communities

Partnering with Communities

We work hard from Alaska to the American Southwest to Florida to help each community find the solutions that work best for their people, wildlife and landscape.

As human communities expand and wildlife habitat shrinks, encounters with wildlife move closer to home. Defenders of Wildlife provides communities facing increased wildlife interactions tools and resources to help avoid and minimize potential conflicts. This includes a wide variety of outreach– everything from teaching hikers how to be on the lookout for bears, to providing secure containers to keep trash from attracting animals in known wildlife areas. Once these communities have the tools to keep themselves and their property safer, they often become more tolerant of wildlife, which keeps wildlife safer, too.

 

 

Working with Ranchers

In many states, ranches operate in prime habitats for ecologically important predators like wolves, grizzly bears, and panthers. Native predators account for a very small percentage of livestock losses, but incidents between wildlife and livestock still often result in efforts to kill predators.

Defenders is a leader in helping ranchers put proven proactive, conflict reduction solutions in place to prevent attacks on livestock. We work to place range riders, livestock guard dogs, and trail cameras in areas of concern to help ranchers know if any predators are nearby. In these areas, we also use nonlethal tools like noisemakers, spotlights, fladry, and temporary electrified corrals to scare wildlife away while keeping the livestock safe. We have worked with ranchers across the country to put these successful methods into practice and as native predators like gray wolves and grizzlies continue to expand into their historical ranges, we will redouble our efforts to prepare local communities to coexist safely with wildlife.

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Defenders in Action
Bears die when they get into trouble with people’s garbage, livestock, when they are hit by cars and trains or illegally killed. By preventing these conflicts we can keep bears alive and on the road to recovery.
Success Story
September 2014 - The City Council of Ketchum in Blaine County unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the State of Idaho use nonlethal tools to manage wolf and livestock conflicts in Blaine County.
Success Stories
July, 2013 - As part of the People's Way Partnership, Defenders is helping to spread the word about the wildlife crossings that are connecting important habitat in Montana.