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Promoting Coexistence

Advancing Coexistence Policies

Advancing Coexistence Policies

Through our on-the-ground work, Defenders staff has seen firsthand the positive impact that effective nonlethal practices and landscape-scale planning can have for important wildlife species. Increasing the widespread adoption of these coexistence practices could have major implications for wolves, bears, bison and other wildlife.

We work hard to advocate for coexistence measures at the federal, state and local levels, working closely with decision makers to share laws, policies and programs that affect wildlife in developed and developing areas.

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Defenders in Action
Bears die when they get into trouble with people’s garbage, livestock, when they are hit by cars and trains or illegally killed. By preventing these conflicts we can keep bears alive and on the road to recovery.
Success Story
September 2014 - The City Council of Ketchum in Blaine County unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the State of Idaho use nonlethal tools to manage wolf and livestock conflicts in Blaine County.
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
Success Story
December 2013 - Along with volunteers and conservation colleagues from partner organizations, Defenders' team flagged miles of fencing to protect imperiled sage-grouse from collisions.