WOLF RESTORATION IN COLORADO
Project lead: Becky Niemiec
Question: If wolf restoration occurs in Colorado, how can we develop and implement collaborative solutions to minimize stakeholder conflict and human-wolf conflict? How can we educate the public and decision-makers regarding the science behind wolves?
Participants: Government, sovereign nations, stakeholder groups (e.g., ranchers, hunters, environmental NGO's), and academic institutions.
CULTURE OF CARNIVORE TOLERANCE
Project lead: Jon Salerno
Question: How are different ethnic groups affecting increasing and decreasing carnivore tolerance in communities surrounding the Ruaha-Rungwe ecosystem in southern Tanzania?
Stakeholders: Barabaig, Maasai, Sukuma, and Hehe ethnic groups; native residents, long-ago arrivals, and recent in-migrants; livestock keepers, farmers, conservation organizations
CAUSES OF URBAN BLACK BEAR CONFLICT
Project lead: Stewart Breck
Question: What are the cultural, policy, and financial limitations constraining residents and cities from more effectively limiting the availability of garbage and other anthropogenic attractants that are the root-cause of bear-human conflict in mountain communities throughout Colorado?
Project leads: Stewart Breck, Tara Teel
Question: What are the social and ecological factors contributing to the rise in human-coyote conflict in urban environments? More specifically, through an interdisciplinary case study conducted in Colorado’s Denver Metropolitan Area (DMA), what are the factors that constrain or support proactive conflict mitigation and human-coyote coexistence in this urban system?