Coexistence: living harmoniously with wildlife in a human-dominated world is a primer on IFAW’s mentality that coexistence is better than conflict. People’s relationship with native wildlife is often that of conflict. Animals such as coyotes, wolves, bears, and beavers are considered “nuisances” and are treated as something to be controlled. The result is millions of animals killed in barbaric ways every year by governments, all to “reduce conflict.” This report highlights examples of people finding innovative, yet simple ways to coexist with wildlife so that we can live side by side with these species. IFAW understands that not only are native wildlife species important to protect, but they are also essential to the ecosystem and therefore our own well-being. We work every day to make the planet a better place for both people and animals.
Photo: An adult female coyote spotted in San Francisco. © Jaymi Heimbuch / Urban Coyote Initiative