Coexisting with Carnivores
June 28-July 2
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Natural History, Wildlife
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Humans have shared landscapes with wild predators throughout our 200,000+ year evolutionary history. Historically, we had the knowledge to persist with these predators despite sometimes fierce competition. However, increasing urbanization and concerted efforts of shooting, poisoning, and trapping that began in the 1800s resulted in local extirpation of many of the world’s native carnivores, along with the knowledge of how to coexist with them.
In this class, we will explore the long history that humans have had with carnivores, with three overarching themes:
- The changing patterns of human interactions with predators over our history
- The circumstances that result in human-carnivore conflict versus coexistence and
- The conservation and management implications of human-carnivore interactions.
Though this class will provide the larger context of carnivore-human interactions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, North America, and beyond, we will focus on the complexities of human interactions with grizzly bears, black bear, mountain lions, gray wolves, and coyotes.
About the instructor
Joanna Lambert, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has a deep passion for the natural world, resulting in a career spent publishing and teaching about the behavior, ecology, and conservation biology of wild mammals, especially primates and carnivores. Her research has taken her to every continent on the planet, though she has spent the most time (30+ years) in equatorial Africa and especially enjoys doing research and teaching in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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