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Wildlife value orientations: An Estonian case study

By Jana Raadik, Stuart Cottrell

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This article examines the thoughts and cognitions of Estonians as it relates to wildlife value orientations on the islands of Saare County, Estonia. Sixteen semi-structured interviews of islanders living on Saaremaa and Vilsandi were done in summer 2006 as part of the Wildlife Values Globally project facilitated by Colorado State University. Wildlife value orientations as expressed in response to four basic emotion questions were sought in the context of experiences with wildlife in Estonia. The greatest number of passages coded was "mutualism," "respect," "attraction-interest" and "hunting/fishing," and "environmentalism" and "scientific-knowledge." Wildlife contacts were for the majority considered as "happy moments" such as pleasurable everyday events and a source of enjoyment. Contacts with wildlife were not evaluated as "fearful." Humans were considered overall as part of nature with wildlife thought of as part of the everyday environment and valued as such. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 12
Issue 5
Pages 347-357
ISBN/ISSN 1087-12091533-158X
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10871200701555378
Author Address Raadik, Jana, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Development, Colorado State University 1480 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, US, 80523, jraadik@lamar.colostate.edu
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  1. Animals
  2. Cognition
  3. Culture
  4. Environment
  5. Estonia
  6. Interspecies interactions
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. Thinking
  9. values
  10. wildlife
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