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While the foundation of parks and protected areas is the conservation of biological diversity, many parks promote opportunities for the public to connect with nature. The attraction of public to natural areas brings the potential of conflict between wildlife and people. 

Agencies must plan for related risks and prepare to respond to emergencies large and small, from fires to floods, injuries to rescues. Public safety programs are integral to the operation of all parks and protected areas programs — they inform education, infrastructure, staffing, and public perception of outdoor experiences. Taking an integrative view of public safety programs is even more crucial in parks or protected areas with the potential for significant wildlife conflict. Whether harm is done to wildlife or to humans, human-wildlife conflicts can irreparably impact threatened species populations directly or by reducing public support. 

Canada enjoys a wide range of collaborators who can assist with public safety education and training. Key among these is the Outdoor Council of Canada and their network of third-party service providers. 


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