Colorado State University

The Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence (CHCC), an academic institution housed at Colorado State University, is focused on integrating transformative science, education, and outreach to minimize conflict and facilitate coexistence between humans and carnivores.

Vision

To create landscapes globally that support sustainable carnivore populations and human endeavors with minimal conflict

Mission

To apply social-ecological science to understand where and how humans and carnivores can coexist and to develop approaches to reduce conflict

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.

Goals

  • 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

2021

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.

Find the paper here

 

CHCC Faculty Larissa Bailey and Barry Noon published a study on human-wildlife conflict in tiger habitat in India.

Find the paper here

 

CHCC Faculty Stewart Breck and Larissa Bailey published a study on non-lethal tools for carnivore conservation.

Find the paper here

 

CHCC faculty and graduate students developed policy briefs on Colorado wolf reintroduction through the Center for Collaborative Conservation Fellows Program.

Find the policy briefs here

 

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.

 

CHCC received a $1 million gift from an anonymous Colorado rancher to support our research, education, and outreach efforts.

Read the CSU press release here.

 

CHCC Faculty Tara Teel and colleagues published a study which demonstrates that cultural, belief system data can inform gray wolf recovery efforts in the US.

Find the paper here and the associated CSU Source article 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!

 

2020

Check out our Denver Zoo Webinars on potential restoration of wolves to Colorado:

Yellowstone Wolves

Indigenous Perspectives Towards Wolves

 

Check out our Denver Museum of Nature & Science webinar series: Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories

Go to webinar series here

See CSU Press Release here

 

CHCC completed educational materials on potential restoration of wolves in Colorado, in collaboration with CSU Extension and the Center for Collaborative Conservation.

Go to educational materials here

See CSU Press Release here

 

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.

Download the Aug 2020 published paper here

 

CHCC completed study on public perspectives on wolf reintroduction and management in Colorado.

Download the May 2020 published paper here

Download the January 2020 report here

 

CHCC, led by Becky Niemiec, published a policy brief on participatory decision-making regarding wolf restoration to Colorado.

Download the policy brief here

 

Becky Niemiec and Kevin Crooks published an article in The Conversation on participatory decision-making regarding wolf restoration to Colorado.

Read the article here

 

Stewart Breck co-authored paper on black bear use of residential develpment in Durango Colorado.  May 2020.

Download the published paper here

Jon Salerno co-authored paper on sociopolitical identity and opinions about wolf management in Oregon.  May 2020.

Download the published paper here

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.

Curious why people during COVID quarantine howled every night at 8 pm, and why wolves howl too?

Watch the interview by Stewart Breck to explain!

 

CHCC organized stakeholder workshop regarding potential wolf restoration and management in Colorado.  February 2020.

Download the report here.

View the CSU press release on stakeholder workshop here

2019

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.