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  1. Integrated Stress and Community Perceptions: Toward an Understanding of Human-Cougar Tolerance

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Lara Brenner

    Evidence suggests that cougars (Puma concolor) are beginning to recolonize their traditional range in the Midwestern and Eastern US, returning to a landscape and a social environment that have changed drastically in a century of absence. Any hope of the cougar’s persistence depends on...

  2. Manejo de doenças infecciosas em gatos de abrigos

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leticia Rodrigues Lopes

    O presente trabalho aborda o manejo de doenças infecciosas em abrigos de felinos. É importante entender e controlar alguns fatores básicos que predispoem as doenças infeciosas. Os principais fatores são: estresse, densidade populacional e...

  3. Dog Therapy Day at NWCCC

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Lang

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) provides great beneficial opportunities for individuals within the prison population. Many research studies display the effectiveness of AAT programs in prison settings through their results. The results showed improved moods, decreased stress levels, and increased...

  4. Human-Bear Interactions Among Black Bears in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, and Polar Bears on Alaska's North Slope

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Wesley G. Larson

    Human-bear interactions are an important consideration of bear biology, as interactions can lead to destruction of property as well as injury or death for both human and bear. Successful analysis of why these interactions occur can lead to appropriate preventative measures and mitigation of...

  5. Prison Programs to Reduce Recidivism: What is the Ideal Structure of an Inmate Reentry Program?

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Magali Davila-Centeno

    In the United States' correctional system, inmate programs within prisons often do not reduce recidivism. Recent surveys have shown that across the country many prisons have a form of a Prison Based Animal Program (PAP). This study examines the effect that Prison based Animal Programs have...

  6. Ocitocina sérica e comportamento afetivo de cães na interação com crianças e adultos

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Luelyn Jockyman

    A ocitocina tem sido usada como parâmetro para medir os laços sociais em animais. Recentemente foi demonstrado que a concentração de ocitocina aumenta em cães e donos quando interagem positivamente e, possivelmente, que na interação com...

  7. Performing Whale-Watching in Juneau, Alaska

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Chelsea Karthauser

    Nature-based tourism activities provide special contexts for human-wildlife interaction. In Juneau, Alaska, summertime tourists seek encounters with humpback whales, hundreds of which feed seasonally in Southeast Alaska’s coastal waterways. Tourists support a thriving whale-watching...

  8. Equine-assisted activities and therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders

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    Theses | Contributor(s): B. Caitlin Peters

    Objective: The purpose of this dissertation is to systematically map, and then advance, the state of scientific and theoretical development of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAATs) for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Method: This dissertation is composed of two...

  9. Tracing Economic, Ritual, and Social Pathways to Neolithization in the Southern Levant through Human-Animal Relationships at Kfar HaHoresh

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jacqueline Suzanne Meier

    During the transition to agriculture in the southern Levant of Southwest Asia, the PrePottery Neolithic B (PPNB) period is marked by the beginning of herd animal management, a fluorescence of ritual evidence and increasingly large settlements with diversified uses. These developments had...

  10. Hellhounds and Helpful Ghost Dogs: Conflicting Perceptions of "Man's Best Friend" Encoded in Supernatural Narrative

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Kiersten Carr

    Black dogs are a type of spectral entity that, according to legend, have been haunting the British Isles for centuries. While the legends have many regional variations, the common feature remains a large black dog, often with eyes “large as saucers” or sometimes, flaming, who...

  11. Dogs Are Expensive: Cost-Benefit Perspectives on Canid Ownership at Housepit 54, Bridge River, British Columbia

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ben Boss Chiewphasa

    The presence of dogs in the Housepit 54 (HP 54) faunal assemblage of the Bridge River site (EeRl4) raises questions regarding their roles within Canadian Plateau prehistory, specifically their contributions to networked household economies. Ethnohistoric sources often cite dogs as “jacks...

  12. Conserving Vermont's Endangered Species through Designation of Critical Habitat

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Amanda M. Ramsing-Lund

    Although the Endangered Species Act of 1973 is federal legislation, protection of threatened and endangered (T & E) species varies in stringency across states. H.570 (Act 145) is a Vermont law passed during the 2015-2016 legislative session that updated some of the legal protections for T...

  13. A terapia assistida por animais como uma forma de associação : um estudo antropológico sobre a relação humano-animais na promoção da saúde humana, no Brasil

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ivana dos Santos Teixeira

    Este trabalho trata de estudo acerca da relação contemporânea entre humanos e animais no contexto das Terapias Assistidas por Animais – TAA, prática terapêutica crescente na promoção da saúde humana. A pesquisa de campo foi realizada...

  14. Effects of Hippotherapy on Coordination of Speech in a Person with Traumatic Brain Injury

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Anna Thrall, Matthew Moser

    Hippotherapy occurs when physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speechlanguage pathologists use the movement of a horse as a treatment strategy. Previous research has documented improvements in gross motor function such as walking, reaching, standing, balance, and trunk control...

  15. Bem-estar e comportamento de cães comunitários e percepção da comunidade

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Larissa Helena Ersching Rüncos

    Resumo: A manutenção de cães comunitários surge como uma alternativa compassiva de manejo que contribui para o controle populacional e para a melhoria de vida dos cães, colaborando para diminuição de riscos para a saúde humana. É...

  16. Effects of Rider Experience Level on Horse Kinematics and Behavior

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Rebekah Strunk

    Large riding lesson programs are an essential part of the horse industry. To meet demand and remain profitable, lesson barns sometimes require horses to work multiple times a day with different rider levels. There is little guidance as to the behavioral and physical effects of such protocols,...

  17. Programas de socialização para cachorros: uma só saúde

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Inês Isabel Nunes Coelho

    A medicina comportamental de animais de companhia tem vindo a sofrer uma enorme evolução ao longo dos últimos anos, nomeadamente no que concerne o desenvolvimento comportamental do cachorro e os seus programas de socialização. Paralelamente, também a...

  18. Relationship of human and animal tuberculosis in the interface areas of the National parks of the Kafue Basin in Zambia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Musso Munyeme

    Tuberculosis is a disease of worldwide public health and economic importance. In Zambia the disease has been consistently reported in the Kafue Basin without a clear understanding of transmission dynamics in the livestock-wildlife interface. The main objective of this study was to determine the...

  19. Pros and Cons of Marine Zoological Parks According to Marine Conservationists

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Kayla L. Patama

    Throughout history zoos and aquariums have satisfied a number of different, albeit to some, conflicting roles (Ballantyne, Packer, Hughes, & Dierking, 2007). In recent years, zoos and aquariums have shifted their focus on taking a proactive role in wildlife conservation and promoting...

  20. Understanding Child-Centered Canine Assisted Play Therapy: A Qualitative Collective Case Study

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Austin-Main

    Children are often referred to counseling for a multitude of reasons (e.g. divorce, trauma, abuse, etc.). Given these challenges faced by so many children, counselors are charged with using evidence based forms of counseling to appropriately help children and their families address these...