Human-wildlife Interaction

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources developed the Urban Wildlife Program in 2019. The goals of this program are to mitigate wildlife conflict (e.g., on-site response or technical assistance), educate the public, and prevent conflicts ( e.g., provide proactive management plans). Because of the nature of their work, they have been able to collect intense human-wildlife interaction data, including location, species involved, and type of interaction. We will be using this data to understand how these conflicts spatially present themselves on the landscape and what landscape characteristics can be used to predict high risk conflict areas. Our goal is to then use our coyote spatial and mammal distribution data to create targeted outreach material for residents in these high risk areas.

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