Promoting Coexistence
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock
Grizzly Bear, © Ray Rafiti

Partnering with Communities

Partnering with Communities

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.

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.

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