Authors: Andrea Davis*, Ferris State University
Keywords: Bear, Human, Interactions, Conservation
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The population expansion in Colorado may be increasing opportunities for human-bear interactions. Human-bear interactions may cause communities to develop negative attitudes about bears, particularly when damages occur to personal property and livestock. Negative interactions can also cause death or injury to both bears and humans and ultimately undermine support for conservation efforts. The focus of this project is to compare population change within Colorado bear habitats in order to identify areas with increasing potential for human-bear interactions. People who live in high-risk zones may benefit from increased education about how to properly manage bear encounters. Fewer negative interactions may lead to future support of conservation efforts.