Using Feminist Theories to Explore Human-animal Relationships: Pigeons in the City
| Contributor(s):: Yue Yin
The unequal human-animal relationships regard human beings as superior to other species. They exit in various kinds of human-animal interactions (i.e. our consumption of animal products, and our use of animals as tools or entertainment). This human-dominant relationship is the result of the...
Urban Animal Management: a naturalistic perspective
| Contributor(s):: David William Paxton
The thesis uses a naturalistic perspective derived from Darwin’s theory of the origin of species by natural selection to propose that human beings and dogs co-evolved in an interdependent relationship which needs to be taken into account by makers of public policies about urban dogs. An...
An analysis of human-coyote relationship in metropolitan Atlanta, Ga
| Contributor(s):: Jeremy W. Hooper
Human-coyote interactions are an increasing challenge for North American wildlife managers. My objectives were to: 1) provide data on the types and general spatial distribution of human-coyote interactions in metropolitan Atlanta; 2) identify landscapes associated with human-coyote...
Animal Cities: Post-Human Urban Wildness
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| Contributor(s):: Jing Huang
This thesis contends that architecture should be designed in a way to foster closer human-animal relationships. Cities are typically designed solely with the human in mind, and over time, animals have been pushed out of the city, decreasing biodiversity. Peoples’ tendency is to separate...
Modeling perceived risk from coyotes among Chicago residents
| Contributor(s):: Molly Spacapan
Coyote management in urban areas has become a concern for wildlife professionals. In the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Region (GCMR) wildlife professionals have received an increased number of complaints from residents. Based on cultural theory and cognitive hierarchy theory, we hypothesized that...
Reusing Abandoned Zoos: A Progressive Approach to Human-Animal Relationship
| Contributor(s):: Dana Abdallah
Zoos are no longer a vital part of our society today, due to their inability to adapt to current animal welfare standards a significant number have been closed and lie vacant, sometimes in dense urban setting. This thesis will tackle the problem of the abandoned zoo, adapting this institution to...
Odering the Feral Cat: Stakeholder Perspectives on Cat Overpopulation
| Contributor(s):: Kyle Hutson
This paper discusses the historical and cultural ways in which people attempt to order the domestic cat both spatially and conceptually, with special attention to how this ordering influences perceptions of feral cats. Feral cats are unowned or semi-owned and live entirely unconfined to a home,...
Animals in an Urban Context. A Zooarchaeological study of the Medieval and Post-Medieval town of Turku
| Contributor(s):: Auli Tourunen
The aim of this study is to explore the role and importance of different animal species in Turku through an analysis of osteological data and documentary evidence. The osteological material used in this study is derived from two town plots in Turku dating from the 13th century to the 19th...
Applying social science to inform conservation solutions regarding owned outdoor cats in urbanizing landscapes
| Contributor(s):: Ashley Gramza
Free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) incur and impose risks on ecosystems and represent a complex issue of critical importance to wildlife conservation and domestic cat and human health. There is an inherent social dimension to the issue of owned free-ranging cats, as humans are their...
Urban Coyotes (Canis latrans Say, 1823) in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia: Public Perceptions and Education
| Contributor(s):: Kristine Webber
Increasing complaints to wildlife agencies and negative media reports about urban coyotes (Canis latrans) suggest a negative attitude toward coyotes. I surveyed the public in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) for their opinion of urban wildlife and management. Based on these surveys,...
Household pets and depression among urban adolescents
| Contributor(s):: Mary M. Nevin-Haas
This study was designed to describe the prevalence of depression among a group of adolescents and examine the relationships between depression and presence of pets in the home, primary ownership of pets and perceived degree of attachment to the pets by the subjects. The coping conceptual...
Raccoons' intrusion into urban dwellings: GIS application on urban wildlife study
| Contributor(s):: Xiaotian Wang
The history of raccoons entering urban life of human can go back to the beginning of the 20th century (Lariviere, 2004; Bateman & Fleming, 2012). While some people see this animals as rewarding wilderness encounter, others may considers them as threatening safety concerns. (Clark, 1994)...
Encounters with Difference and Politics of Place: Meanings of Birdwatchers and Dog Walkers at a Multiple-Use Urban Forest
| Contributor(s):: Taryn M. Graham
With a particular interest in birdwatchers and dog walkers, this case study explored place meanings of users at Westmount Summit Woods, a multiple-use urban forest located just west of downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A document analysis was conducted on the research site, followed by data...
Urban business attitudes regarding rodents, rodent control methods, and impact on wildlife
| Contributor(s):: Eva Arndt
Birds of prey and carnivorous mammals feed on small birds, rodents and other small mammals. Humans perceive many of the prey animals of these predators as well as the predators themselves, as “pests”, and seek to control them. Control methods for these unwanted pests, particularly...
Analysis of Bobcats in Urban Areas of Orange County, CA
| Contributor(s):: Ian Ice
The Effects of Urbanization on Fear in Wildlife
| Contributor(s):: Sarah Spier, Joseph J. Fontaine
Through this study we sought out to determine if Fox Squirrels in Lincoln, Nebraska exhibited a change in response to aerial versus terrestrial predators in urban areas. We addressed the possible consequences that human disturbance has on daily stimuli, predator behaviors, and, in turn, prey...
Winter Track Surveys Indicate Zones of Potential Conflict with White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in an Urban Landscape
| Contributor(s):: Sophia Pevzner
Suburbanization typically leads to a loss of forested land and may increase the suitability of other naturally vegetated landscapes for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). These areas often include residential properties and dedicated green spaces, which bring deer in close proximity to...
Assessing the Validity of Preconceptions about Dog Parks: Cleanliness and Disease Transmission
| Contributor(s):: Kathleen E. Lamotte
When urban dog owners are not able to utilize standard exercise methods (i.e. walking on a leash or running in the backyard) there are ever-increasing numbers of off-leash dog parks that they can rely on. Some commonly identified benefits of off-leash dog areas (OLDAs) include community building,...
Neighbourhoods, dogs and walking: An exploration of factors relevant to healthy aging in place
| Contributor(s):: Toohey, Ann Madeline
A study of use patterns, user satisfaction and willingness to pay for off-leash dog parks: Post-occupancy evaluations of four dog parks in Texas and Florida
| Contributor(s):: Lee, Hyung-Sook
The growing importance of dogs in people’s lives and in high-density urban environments has increased demand for a place where people and their dogs can interact and exercise together. The recent increase in the number of dog parks across the country is evidence of these demands of dog...