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Large Carnivore ConservationIntegrating Science and Policy in the North American West$
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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

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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

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

Seth M. Wilson

Gregory A. Neudecker

James J. Jonkel

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226107547.003.0006

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

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