School of Health Sciences
Human-Carnivore Conflict, Wildlife Conservation
Russell, Elisabeth, "The Impacts of Large Carnivores on Human Livelihood: The Illusion of Carnivore Conflict, Costs of Coexistence, and Strategies for Mitigation" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 942.
Incidents of what is commonly referred to as human-carnivore conflict (HCC) are increasing. Examples include livestock depredation and carnivores attacking humans. Since HCC occurs most frequently where humans and carnivores commonly inter-mix – near the periphery of human habitations – habitat loss and fragmentation may contribute to the rise of HCC, amongst other factors. Although HCC cannot be eliminated, it can be reduced by well-planned and implemented strategies. These strategies must approach the conflict holistically and address both the animal and the human sides of the problem. Since humans rely on the healthy functioning of the ecosystem for survival, implementing these solutions, especially in high-risk HCC areas, is important if the ecosystems comprising the world are to continue to function properly.