People and big cats (Panthera onca and Puma concolor) of the Atlantic Forest, Brazil

Engel, Mônica Taís (2016) People and big cats (Panthera onca and Puma concolor) of the Atlantic Forest, Brazil. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Conservation of large felids is not only about collecting ecological information; it is also about understanding people’s values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviour. The overarching goal of this thesis is to assess the relationship between people and jaguars and pumas. Specifically by contributing to the understanding of public acceptance of big cats, as well as the forces (cognitive and social) that influence people’s acceptability. Self-administered questionnaires (n=326) were applied to rural residents outside two protected areas in the State of Sao Paulo: Intervales and PETAR state parks. Findings showed that the acceptability of killing big cats varied accordingly to attitudinal type (positive and negative). Additionally, acceptability of jaguars and pumas was influenced by existence values, attitudes and park credibility. Human dimensions research helped in understanding the relationship between people and the big cats, highlighting the need, for example, to improve the credibility of the parks in the communities and to decrease the fear of jaguars and pumas.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 11924
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: human dimensions, people-wildlife interaction, jaguar, puma, attitudes
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Brazil--São Paulo (State)
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Human-animal relationships--Brazil--São Paulo (State); Phantom cats--Brazil--São Paulo (State)--Public opinion; Wildlife management--Brazil--São Paulo (State)--Public opinion

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