Coexisting with Carnivores

Local communities engaging in carnivore research and peaceful coexistence

CARNIVORES AND COMMUNITIES

 

Woodland Park Zoo, Issaquah School District and the City of Issaquah co-facilitate this school and community engagement program focused on community-developed strategies to prevent human-wildlife conflict in the region and foster a sense of pride for local wildlife.

As human population increases rapidly in King County, the distance between wild habitat and human development shrinks, resulting in increasing contact―and often conflict―between wildlife and people. The continued protection of carnivore populations, as well as public safety, depend upon the development of carnivore-friendly communities at a landscape scale.

The partnership ensures that the region continues to be a sustainable and vibrant community within a matrix of intact natural ecosystems. Middle school students and Issaquah residents gain knowledge of local carnivores and the roles these species play as part of healthy ecosystems, and engage in community-driven learning and problem-solving around issues of human-wildlife interaction in a growing region.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

Students Studying Carnivores in Their Communities

Wild Wise: Coexisting with Carnivores offers middle school students a chance to develop science inquiry, civic literacy and leadership skills as they investigate and share solutions for living with the carnivores in their communities. Students engage in the scientific practices of developing investigative research questions, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data and constructing scientific explanations. By studying carnivore activity in their communities, students gain a better understanding of the roles humans play in creating landscape patterns and processes, including impacts to carnivore distribution and behavior.


Student investigations focus on the essential question:

How can humans peacefully coexist with carnivores – meeting our own needs while also allowing carnivores to meet their needs?


Middle school students who participate in the Wild Wise: Coexisting with Carnivores program demonstrate increased appreciation of living in an area with large carnivores. The proportion of students that identified behaviors they could take to prevent conflicts almost doubled from the start to the end of the unit.

If you are interested in bringing Wild Wise: Coexisting with Carnivores to your school email classes@zoo.org.

 

Community-Based Coexistence




Resident Survey


An initial survey of Issaquah residents found that community members appreciate and are proud to live alongside local carnivores. However, they express some concerns about safety issues, especially for pets.



Wildlife Camera Trapping

Issaquah Parks Carnivore Project


Three teams of community volunteers currently run remote camera stations in Issaquah parks, contributing data on local carnivores to the City of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department and into the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project via the global eMammal database.



Community Events


Program staff attend events in the Issaquah community – such as the Highlands Day Festival, Issaquah Salmon Days and Issaquah Farmer’s Market – to share information and updates on the program. Occasional learning events are also held in the community throughout the year. Most events are posted on the City of Issaquah events page, under “Community Events”.



Carnivore Coexistence Action Teams


The Carnivore Coexistence Action Team (CCAT) consists of Issaquah community members who are working together to foster peaceful coexistence with carnivores in their neighborhoods. Through the use of collaborative problem solving, the action teams are developing materials and implementing action strategies to promote peaceful coexistence and prevent wildlife conflicts.



Living Northwest Fest


Each year, Issaquah residents are invited to WPZ’s Living Northwest Fest, which happens every year on a Saturday in early June. A limited number of free passes to attend the event are distributed to Issaquah residents.


Community Support

The Wild Wise: Coexisting with Carnivores school program, presented by Carter Subaru, has been supported by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Tulalip Tribes, Horizons Foundation, Ferguson Foundation and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Conservation Grants Fund.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-20-17-0480-17.

Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, MA-20-17-0480-17.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

 

Research in Your Community

The Issaquah Parks Carnivore Project is part of the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project, launched by Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle University to explore how mammalian carnivores, such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bobcats, and even cougars and bears live and interact with people across urban and suburban areas in the Seattle region. We are working with our staff, volunteers and community partners to deploy camera traps in city and county parks across the Seattle regions.

You can also report and share your carnivore sightings - visit Carnivore Spotter now to report or explore local carnivore sightings throughout the greater Seattle area! We also invite you to help us with our wildlife research! On the Zooniverse platform, you can help us to identify the wildlife we’ve detected on camera traps in urban and wild places across Washington, as part of our Seattle Urban & Issaquah Parks Carnivore Projects and our Washington Wolverine Project.

 

Carnivore Spotter

 

Resources

Developed by the Carnivore Coexistence Action Team (CCAT)



The Great Carnivore Discovery Adventure Lab

Adventure Lab game based in downtown Issaquah. Geocaching Adventure Lab is a new app and platform that guides players through the process of finding clues, solving puzzles, and completing Adventures one location at a time. This Adventure highlights interesting locations around downtown Issaquah while providing players with information about local carnivores and tips for coexisting.

Download the adventure


Social Media Toolkit

CCAT members developed this Social Media Toolkit with tips for coexistence and suggested photos and videos that can be used with each post. While designed specifically for the Issaquah area, anyone can help keep wildlife and people safe by sharing these messages on your social media accounts.

Download the Social Media Toolkit


Doorhanger

Print and share this doorhanger with your neighbors to encourage actions that reduce the potential for human-wildlife conflicts.


Yard Signs

Signs for community members to display around the Issaquah area to share messages about actions people can take to coexist with local carnivores. CCAT members then shared these messages with their neighbors via social media.

Get your yard sign

MORE WAYS TO HELP

 

Thanks to Our Supporters

 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-20-17-0480-17.
Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, MA-20-17-0480-17.

The Wild Wise: Coexisting With Carnivores school program, presented by Carter Subaru, has been supported by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Tulalip Tribes, Horizons Foundation, Ferguson Foundation and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Conservation Grants Fund.

 

 

ALERT: We will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2020.