The Nature of the Beast: Co-Existence

The Cause

Nature of the Beast will be a charitable organization that will seek to re-locate dangerous predators and to educate people as to how to handle a situation if they encounter such an animal. We will focus on Canada’s most dangerous and sometimes most misunderstood animals, and how modern humankind must learn to co-exist with these oftentimes dangerous species. Throughout history First Nations peoples have co-existed with these iconic species. This organization will highlight how First Nations peoples have learned to successfully co-exist, and will feature their culture and spiritual approach to understanding and respecting the power of these great animals. We will also investigate and publish results of modern-day attacks, and address how modern civilization may improve the result of such encounters, and what we can all learn from all Aboriginal approaches.

Dr. West will use a compilation of interviews, CGI illustrations, real life video of attack incidence, alongside anatomical and behavioral science to bring the full unbiased look at these dangerous predators and man’s interactions, conflicts and methods to mitigate future attacks.

Over the past year, there have been a rash of grizzly bear and cougar attacks on humans. Recently there has been a migration of people out of the Canadian cities and into rural areas. This relocation often brings people into direct contact with wilderness predators such as cougars and grizzly bears. Dr. West examines the truth behind all of these attacks. Was it human error or just straight predation? Given that we’re not the first civilization to encounter such conflict, the question arises, how did Aboriginal communities coexist with these animals? And is coexistence with these top order predators even possible today? Dr. West has earned the reputation of “Keeping peace between man and beast”, and aims to keep that reputation in his approach to this endeavour. Re-location will be done only where absolutely necessary, with a focus instead on educating the public that finds themselves in these encounters. Dr. West will take advice from various First Nations tribes Chiefs and elders, from park wardens, and from scientists that study such animals' behaviors.

Who Will it Benefit?

The general public who doesn't understand predatory animal behaviors, when to hike safely, how to camp without incidence, and what to do when they do encounter such animals to ensure their survival. People who live in areas where such animals are present or encroaching on their land, or vice versa.