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Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Coyote? A Survey of Messaging and Existing Attitudes in the National Capital Region

By Megan Draheim

Category Theses
Abstract

Coyotes are relatively recent arrivals to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In an  effort to understand and obtain baseline data about existing attitudes, a survey was  conducted in 2006. Most respondents had neutral attitudes towards coyotes, which might  be in part due to low levels of awareness about their presence in the area. Of particular  interest, pet owners seemed to have more extreme attitudes, either positively or  negatively, towards coyotes, and women tended to have more negative attitudes towards  coyotes. Wildlife managers and others interested in preventing and reducing human-coyote  conflict should capitalize on the current situation and develop outreach programs  that will teach people how to live near coyotes as well as engender positive attitudes  towards them. The survey also looked at the effect that small pieces of information in  various categories (coyote behavior and ecology, human-coyote interactions, and images  of coyotes) had on attitudes. Statements about coyote behavior, especially those that  emphasized the social aspects of their lives, proved to be the most effective in increasing  positive attitudes. Amongst other findings, statements about attempts to eradicate coyotes  were viewed negatively and some traditional images associated with coyotes (especially a  coyote howling) were also viewed negatively. This information will be useful to wildlife  managers and others interested in designing outreach materials.

Submitter

Katie Carroll

Date 2008
Pages 123
Publisher George Mason University
Department Environmental Science and Policy
Degree Master of Science
URL http://hdl.handle.net/1920/2987
Language English
University George Mason University
Tags
  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Cities and towns
  6. Coyotes
  7. human-wildlife interactions
  8. Mammals
  9. Nature
  10. Physical environment
  11. Washington (D.C.)
  12. Wild animals
  13. wildlife
  14. wildlife management