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Spatial distribution of attitudes toward proposed management strategies for a wildlife recovery

By Anita T. Morzillo, Angela G. Mertig, Nathan Garner, Jianguo Liu

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Wildlife managers regularly incorporate human attitudes into decisions involving wildlife conservation. Knowing the spatial distribution of particular attitudes may further assist managers in determining distribution of support of or threats against wildlife species. Using results from a mail survey and SaTScan 4.0, we assessed the spatial distribution (clustering) of attitudes toward several management strategies for the recovery of black bear in and around Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas. Statistically significant clustering occurred for two attitudes: (a) non-support for a natural (non-human assisted) increase in the bear population near the Angelina National Forest and (b) strong disagreement toward total exclusion of bears from southeastern Texas within the relatively urban Orange County. In addition, respondents closer to the preserve, a potential black bear release site, were more likely to support exclusion of bears. Analysis such as this can greatly assist managers in planning public outreach and monitoring of wildlife populations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 12
Issue 1
Pages 15-29
ISBN/ISSN 1087-12091533-158X
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10871200601107866
Author Address Morzillo, Anita T., US EPA 200 SW 35th St., Corvallis, OR, US, 97333, morzillo.anita@epa.gov
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  1. Animal captivity
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Attitudes
  4. Conservation
  5. Environment
  6. Interspecies interactions
  7. Management
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  11. threats
  12. United States of America
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