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.


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


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 is lost.

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 shrinking.  Creating environments where both humans and carnivores can thrive represents a tremendous challenge and an exciting opportunity.

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.

Our Objectives

  • Conduct integrative and transformative social and ecological research about human-carnivore coexistence;

  • Provide student education, mentoring, and capacity building regarding the science and practice of human-carnivore coexistence;

  • Transform academic research into action to ensure tangible broader impacts for communities living with carnivores.

CHCC News and Events

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


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 are howling 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

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.