Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Large Carnivore ConservationIntegrating Science and Policy in the North American West$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226107400

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226107547.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 17 September 2021

Human–Grizzly Bear Coexistence in the Blackfoot River Watershed, Montana

Human–Grizzly Bear Coexistence in the Blackfoot River Watershed, Montana

Getting Ahead of the Conflict Curve

(p.177) 6 Human–Grizzly Bear Coexistence in the Blackfoot River Watershed, Montana
Large Carnivore Conservation

Seth M. Wilson

Gregory A. Neudecker

James J. Jonkel

University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes how a rural agricultural community in the Blackfoot River watershed in Montana used collaborative decision making to reduce conflicts with grizzly bears. Through effective communication, regular meetings, and partnerships, a host of on-the-ground projects were implemented through the Blackfoot Challenge, a grassroots watershed group, that significantly reduced conflicts with grizzly bears. The effort focused on changing people's practices and behaviors, not changing their value systems, and emphasized protecting human safety and livelihoods. The chapter explores the specific ways that collaborative decision making was carried out and offers numerous field-based lessons and recommendations that will be useful to natural resource managers in facilitating human-grizzly bear coexistence.

Keywords:   grizzly bears, decision making, collaboration, community, human-grizzly bear coexistence, ranchers, Blackfoot Challenge

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.