Human dimensions of black bears, caribou and coyotes on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador

Sutherland, Maggie Belinda (2010) Human dimensions of black bears, caribou and coyotes on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

[img] [English] PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.

Download (7Mb)

Abstract

The overall purpose of this human dimension in wildlife management study is to understand the attitudes of the urban and rural general public toward black bears, caribou, and coyotes on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. Data was collected through a mail-out questionnaire to a representative sample of rural (n=396) and urban (n-390) residents. Attitudes toward caribou were the most positive and attitudes toward black bears were relatively positive. Residents held negative attitudes toward coyotes with many expressing no future generation or existence values for the animal. These negative attitudes were linked to fear and perceptions of impact coyotes have on caribou, small game and livestock. Differences in strength of attitudes did exist between rural and urban residents. This research documents the challenges wildlife managers face when setting policy actions regarding predators and provides an example of managing along the conflict-coexistence continuum.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8768
Item ID: 8768
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 116-128)
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Black bear--Control--Public opinion; Caribou--Control--Public opinion; Coyote--Control--Public opinion; Wildlife management--Newfoundland and Labrador--Public opinion

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over the past year

View more statistics