Collaborative Conflict Prevention Programs for Minimizing Human-Carnivore Conflict: Enabling Factors and Applications to Colorado

  • Matthew Collins, Master’s student, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources, CSU
  • Stewart Breck, Ph.D., Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA National Wildlife Research Center
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Project Summary

A new and emerging challenge facing ranchers throughout the American West is the recovery of large carnivores in portions of their historic range. Addressing these challenges, ranching collaboratives have played important roles in minimizing carnivore-livestock conflicts and maintaining viable ranches. Yet, the process by which these collaboratives achieve success in reducing conflicts is poorly understood.

This fellowship will focus on three primary objectives: 1) Identify what factors enable the formation and potential success of rangeland collaborative conflict-prevention programs, 2) Build working relationships among project leads, collaborators, and Colorado collaboratives with an interest in forming conflict prevention programs, and 3) Communicate research findings to these Colorado collaboratives to potentially facilitate the formation of carnivore-livestock conflict-prevention programs in Colorado. To achieve the objectives, fellows will interview stakeholders from collaboratives with carnivore-livestock conflict-prevention programs in Alberta, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, and Arizona, identifying best practices for organizing and maintaining conflict prevention programs. If implemented in Colorado, these programs would enable long-term research on best carnivore-livestock conflict management practices that can lead to economic and social sustainability of ranchers and sustainable carnivore populations.