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Social Conflict and Human-Coyote Interactions in Suburban Denver

By Megan M. Draheim

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Abstract

In 2009, Greenwood Village and Centennial, Colorado (two bordering suburban towns south of Denver), passed coyote management plans in response to community concerns over human-coyote interactions. Although both plans are similar in many respects, they
differ in some key ways, including over definitions of what constitutes aggressive coyote behavior and under what circumstances lethal control can be used. Greenwood Village’s use of lethal control created controversy in the Denver metropolitan area and caused
animal and wildlife advocates to get involved, while some wildlife groups have held up Centennial’s management plan as a model. Using a mixed methodology, grounded-theory approach, this study looks at the root causes of the differing approaches of the two towns
through social, political, and geographical lenses. It also explores the ways the social conflict has been sustained by means of differing constructions of people, coyotes, and coyote-human interactions by the stakeholders involved in the conflict, as well as examining the variables that help predict whether a person is likely to support lethal control or not.

Date 2012
Pages 234
ISBN/ISSN 9781267316462
Publisher George Mason University
Department Environmental Science and Public Policy
URL http://mars.gmu.edu/handle/1920/7860
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Colorado
  3. Conflict
  4. Human-animal interactions
  5. Interest Groups
  6. Management
  7. responses
  8. social conflict
  9. urban areas
  10. villages
  11. Wild animals
  12. wildlife management