Integrated Resource Management
Conflict normally occurs when a human social or economic activity is impacted by wildlife. For example, increasing gull populations in areas where people picnic or moor their expensive boats have caused conflicts. Large concentrations of mosquitoes or black flies, where people tend to recreate outside, have resulted in social and political conflict. There is no simple answer to any of these conflicts. Understanding and managing the natural resources in an appropriate manner will play an important role in this matter. The first step in utilizing an Integrated Resource Management technique is to determine what is presently on the property as far as habitat is concerned. Last, an assessment of present “interspersion” is essential. More simply put, a review of where habitats are located and what elements are missing that are important to the desired species. Interspersion analysis can also help identify what is needed to discourage unwanted wildlife.