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Wednesday, November 4 • 10:40am - 11:00am
Human-Wildlife Conflict: An Agency Approach to an Emerging Issue

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Alexander Gulde, Catherine Kennedy –Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Human-wildlife conflict resolution and mitigation has become a top priority for fish and wildlife agencies. Constituents often demand rapid response and assistance from agency personnel in resolving conflict situations with wildlife. Florida has experienced a constant increase in calls for assistance from the public over the last 10 years, and has begun the process of transitioning from being merely reactive to conflict situations to engaging proactively on human-wildlife conflict issues. This ongoing process includes organizational changes, allocation of staff and fiscal resources, and declaring human-wildlife conflict one of the agency's strategic planning priorities. The FWC’s goal is to implement an integrated programmatic approach across the agency to minimize adverse impacts associated with native and non-native fish, wildlife and plants. Successful efforts should minimize human health and safety, environmental, social and economic impacts. This presentation details the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's approach to human-wildlife conflict mitigation and resolution from the perspective of the FWC's organizational setup and strategic planning efforts, and how the agency integrates human dimensions of wildlife research into its strategies. It will address the challenges associated with developing comprehensive approaches to conflict situations and discuss some specific steps the agency is taking to reach its goal.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 10:40am - 11:00am EST
Ballroom Salon A

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