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Promoting Coexistence

Coexisting with Wildlife

Coexisting with Wildlife

Americans are fortunate to have an enormous diversity of wildlife sharing the land, water, and sky with us.

But as wildlife return historic areas, now inhabited by people, pets, and livestock, conflicts with wildlife have also increased, often resulting in the death of the animals. Many of these species play a critical role in creating healthier ecosystems that benefit us all, so finding effective solutions to prevent and respond to these conflicts is essential.

To protect imperiled and key species, as well as agriculture, on the lands we share, you can use long-term solutions that allow people and wildlife to coexist. To get started, select one of the areas below. 

 

In Your Backyard                 

Black bear, © Duane Cross       

 

 

On The Range

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December 2013 - Along with volunteers and conservation colleagues from partner organizations, Defenders' team flagged miles of fencing to protect imperiled sage-grouse from collisions.