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Human-Animal Conflict is usually described as any interaction between humans and animals
where negative consequence exist for one or more party. Conflicts arise in both domesticated
species (pets, farms, etc.) as well as with wild species. Conflict between humans and animals
leads to the injuries and deaths of both people and animals each year. These can come from
increased interaction due to encroachment and habitat loss or from perceived threat to persons
or domestic animals (Demello, 2021). As more households acquire pets, conflicts within the
home with animals are also increasing, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic (Tulloch et
al., 2021). Governments spend millions of dollars each year to mitigate human-wildlife conflict
and try to prevent problems with domestic animals.

The goal of this challenge is to identify and research in-depth a conflict between humans and
animals that impacts a particular place (e.g., urban conflicts with animals in Southern California)
or a particular species (e.g., habitat loss for Asian Elephants). After evaluating existing programs for their impacts on humans and animals, propose an innovative solution to the conflict that takes into account the needs of both people and animals in trying to deal with the

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Credo Reference

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Call Numbers and Subject Headings

You can use the list of call numbers and subject headings below as keyword searches in our catalog and databases, or you can go to these sections of the library to find books on these topics.

  • QL 700-800 Zoology
  • TD100-200 Environmental Technology


Books from Lane Library

The books in this list are located either in the Franzen Center on Floor 3A or as an e-book.

Search terms for additional books in Lane Library’s catalog:

Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.



The following databases are useful places to search for animal related articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries. Find answers to frequently asked questions about ILL here.

Government Sources, Statistics, and Websites

Government sources

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The IUCN is an international expert on conservation and conservation issues.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife serves as the lead agency charged with helping to resolve human-wildlife conflict, public safety, and depredation.


Peter Conlon

Conlon, Peter

Assistant Librarian - Access Services

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