What is Coexistence?
To coexist is to exist together, in the same place, at the same time. But when we explore coexistence with wildlife, togetherness isn’t always what is needed or meant. For wildlife and humans to coexist safely and happily, we must adapt our behaviours to prevent conflict and allow for all species in an area to thrive.
Elements of coexistence and related programs should be based solidly in current or established scientific fact, involve ongoing education, and typically have legislation or bylaws in place.
In this section you will find examples of bylaws and programs in various communities across Canada, as well as science that is being used to support new initiatives or assist in the development of coexistence.
Wild animals have learned how to live with us in our rural and urban regions. It’s only fair that we learn to live with them, too.