When Carnivores Become Neighbors

Experts at the Pace Academy discuss what it means to restore Westchester’s carnivores to their native habitats and how it will affect the county’s human inhabitants.

On Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m., join the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as they discuss what it means to rewild Westchester County and what the restoration of carnivores will mean for the community.

Changing landscapes and the ability of some carnivores to adapt to human settings has led to increased human-carnivore interactions in suburbs and cities around the country, including Westchester County.  Carnivores are essential to our ecosystem, but intolerance and misinformation can impede the conservation of these important animals.

Join experts in the field as they discuss efforts to rewild Westchester, including the ecological, ethical, and social aspects of predators and people coexisting. The event features a keynote from Conrad Reining, eastern program director of the Wildlands Network, on the concept of thinking “eco-regionally” and a roundtable discussion with Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy, Dyson Professor Melissa Grigione, PhD, director of the graduate program in Environmental Science and co-founder of Bordercats Working Group, and Pace Law Professor and Director of the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment David Cassuto. Together, these experts will explore how we as a community can embrace and manage this phenomenon of rewilding our communities while ensuring our safety.

For more information, visit www.pace.edu/paaes.