People and Carnivores

Conservation in 
North America


People and Carnivores is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring predators and their habitats in the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Northern regions of the Great Plains. At the present time, People and Carnivores is committed to protecting the future of fourteen primary native predators, including black bear and black-footed ferret, as well as lesser-known species such as the northern goshawk and swift fox. At the same time, People and Carnivores strives to raise public awareness of native predators and to ensure that humans and predators can peacefully co-exist. The organization has carved out a unique niche by combining sound ecological monitoring techniques with a deep understanding of social and political forces and patterns. Founded in 1991, People and Carnivores is based in Bozeman, Montana.


The Conservation Challenge

The Illegal Wildlife Trade

The illegal wildlife trade is one of the top most destructive and illicit transnational crimes of our times, along with drugs, arms and human trafficking. Illegal wildlife trafficking, for the pet industry and for products and souvenirs, has a devastating impact on animal welfare, species conservation, and ecosystems. It is a major cause of species extinction, second only to habitat loss. Ninety percent of animals smuggled for the pet trade die in transit, and those that survive need constant care and attention.

Harvesting of Turtle Eggs

The Pacific leatherback turtle is nearly extinct with only 1,438 mature individuals remaining in the entire Pacific ocean. Despite their endangered status, virtually all sea turtle nests in Guatemala are harvested by poachers and the eggs sold as a supposed aphrodisiac.

Conservation Approach

People and Carnivore's long-term vision is multifaceted and addresses the needs of both predator and human populations that call the Rockies and Great Plains home. The organization's many goals are achieved through the implementation of four main programs: the Forest Predator Ecosystem Protection Program, the Grassland Predator Ecosystem Protection Program, the Living With Predators Program, and the Voices for Predators Program. As their names indicate, these programs encompass diverse approaches to achieve People and Carnivore's goals. These native predators require large, uninterrupted tracts of forest and prairie to thrive and maintain healthy populations, yet at the same time the human population utilizes these spaces for recreation, agriculture, hunting and harvesting of natural resources. To balance these many demands on the ecosystem, People and Carnivore collects cutting-edge scientific data to aid its advocacy work, monitor hunting and trapping practices, identify top-priority habitat areas, monitor state and federal agencies whose policies affect land use, and promote a holistic "landscape view" of road and off-road use of vehicles in the region. Just as importantly, People and Carnivore strives to increase public awareness of the vital role that predators play in a healthy ecosystem, ensuring that the local public understands the importance of conserving them and their habitat.

Oakland Zoo Takes Action

We support this organization with annual contributions from the Conservation fund and host lectures provided by their staff.

You Can Take Action Too

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