The Bahamas suffers from nuisances caused by roaming dogs. Although Bahamians tolerate their presence, in an economy which is dependent upon tourism, the reactions of tourists to roaming dogs is of great consequence. This study reports the reactions of 439 American tourists concerning roaming dogs in New Providence. Forty-five percent of the tourists saw roaming dogs, and of these, 40% reported that they felt "no reaction" to the dogs. However, 3% of the tourists were actually bothered by the dogs, and for 8% the sight of them changed the tourists' view of The Bahamas. Ten percent of tourists would not like to see animal control officers at work even though 23% thought The Bahamas has a roaming dog "problem." Overall, it appears that while roaming dogs are seen by many tourists, only a small number are particularly upset by them. However, the general reaction to the dogs is unfavorable. About 1% of the tourists appeared to have been particularly upset by the roaming dogs, but 97% said that they would either return to the Bahamas again or recommend it to their friends/relations.
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