Why we built the CHCC
Carnivores and humans have struggled throughout history to coexist, and the pattern is often one of conflict, with people impacted and predators killed. Today, carnivores across the globe must coexist with people as human populations expand and wildlife habitat shrinks.
However, many carnivores can persist in human-dominated landscapes, as long as people tolerate them. In some areas of the world, carnivores such as wolves, bears, and lynx are making a comeback, but in other areas carnivore populations are declining. Creating environments where both humans and carnivores can thrive represents a tremendous challenge and an exciting opportunity.
Coexistence requires reducing conflict, including direct conflict between humans and carnivores as well as social conflict among people about carnivores. Minimizing conflict requires innovative thinking, interdisciplinary cooperation, and diverse skill sets to address the ecological, social, economic, and political aspects of this challenge. To meet this need, we have assembled an integrated, interdisciplinary team of social and ecological scientists at Colorado State University to form the CHCC.
Conduct integrative and transformative social and ecological research on human-carnivore coexistence;
Provide student education and mentoring regarding the science and practice of human-carnivore coexistence;
Transform research into action to facilitate human-carnivore coexistence in the real world.
CHCC News and Events
Check out the new K-12 educational curriculum on Coexisting with Wolves, developed by Captain Planet Foundation's Project Hero with the assistance of the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence. Project Hero is a free online platform that offers standards-oriented and authentic project-based learning experience for empowering and engaging students to take action for wildlife.
CHCC hosted a seminar series and panel discusssion, entitled "Social Justice and Human-Carnivore Coexistence: Considering Indigenous Voices and Rights in Wolf Reintroduction and Management", that was held at CSU on Thursday October 21st. The recording of the event is available to CSU students and faculty for educational purposes. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the recording, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHCC Faculty Rebecca Niemiec, Jon Salerno, Tara Teel, Kevin Crooks, and colleagues published a study on integrating social science into conservation planning, using Colorado wolf reintroduction as a case study.
CHCC faculty Becky Niemiec, in collaboration with Dr. Mike Quartuch, social scientist at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, received a NSF grant to study the Colorado wolf reintroduction stakeholder process.
Read the joint CSU/CPW press release here.
Our collaborative team of CHCC, the CSU Center for Collaborative Conservation, and CSU Extension won the Warner College of Natural Resources Team Award for our engagement on the issue of Colorado wolf restoration in 2020. Congrats all!
Becky Niemiec and PhD student Mireille Gonzalez completed study on the influence of message framing on public beliefs and behaviors related to wolf reintroduction in Colorado.
CHCC team members, including PI Stewart Breck and graduate students Matt Collins, Mireille Gonzalez, and Brielle Manzolillo, were awarded funding to particpate in the Center for Collaborative Conservation's Fellows Program in 2020-2021.
For more information, visit the CCC Fellows Program here.
CHCC awarded funding from CSU's Office of the Vice President of Research to engage in pre-Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships (PRECIP) professional development series. April-December 2019.
CHCC awarded funding from CSU's Office of the Vice President of Research to study social norms transmission of carnivore tolerance in the Ruaha-Katavi landscape of Tanzania. Summer 2019-Summer 2020.