Living with Wildlife
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock
Grizzly Bear, © Ray Rafiti

From the Field

Grizzlies Wake & Defenders Gets to Work

As grizzly bears begin to stir in their dens, it marks the beginning of a new season for our field team, which works hard to keep people, property and grizzlies safe.

Save the Florida Panther Day

Save the Florida Panther Day 2014 gave our Florida team a great opportunity to reach out to Florida visitors and residents about the importance of learning to live with these endangered cats.

Flagging Fences for Sage-grouse

Something as simple as placing flags on a fence can help save the lives of the imperiled sage-grouse, icon of the American west. In December 2013, our team took to the field to flag miles of fencing to protect these birds.

Living with Wildlife in the Southwest

Based on the recognition that humans and wildlife occupy a shared landscape and that we share the responsibility to resolve our conflicts, our program in the Southwest creates partnership projects that we hope will help increase tolerance for critically endangered Mexican gray wolves in time to prevent their extinction, and do so in a way that encourages cooperation, leadership and respect for the ecological restoration that scientists say will accompany these wolves’ recovery.

Living with Wildlife: Australian Edition

Our experts are working with their counterparts around the world to see if the nonlethal methods we develop here to keep wolves and livestock safe can help with similar situations in other countries.

Learning to Live with Polar Bears

In this remote Alaska town, polar bears are frequent visitors. We're working with this community to find new ways of keeping people and polar bears safe.

Oregon Passes Landmark Wolf Coexistence Bill

On June 24, 2011 the Oregon Senate unanimously approved a bill that establishes a county-based livestock compensation and wolf coexistence program to reduce conflicts between livestock and wolves.

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Where We Work
Our Southwest team works to protect rare and threatened species like Mexican wolves, jaguars and ocelots.
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.
Gray Wolf, © Dawn Hammond
Fact Sheet
The wolf is the largest member of the canine family. Gray wolves range in color from grizzled gray or black to all-white. As the ancestor of the domestic dog, the gray wolf resembles German shepherds or malamutes.