Community partnerships are critical in ensuring the success of painted wolf conservation efforts.
In many places, painted wolves live alongside humans, ranging in and out of unfenced protected areas. They are predators, and they are seen by local communities as a threat to their livestock. So, it is critical that these local communities perceive or receive some benefit from the painted wolf’s existence. If they are only suffering the costs associated with painted wolves, why should they tolerate them?
Many field conservation organisations have recognised this and at the core of their work are community programmes that respond to the real needs of the local community, for example basic livelihoods and health support, investment in businesses and support for sport and culture.
Promoting coexistence with wildlife is central to conserving painted wolves, in particular managing disease transmission risk between domestic dogs and painted wolves. Vaccination of domestic dogs helps to improve the lives of communities and to save painted wolves!
Another critical component of community partnerships is in education.