What determines the acceptability of wildlife control methods? A case study of feral pig management in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia

Koichi, Kana, Cottrell, Alison, K. Sangha, Kamalijit, and Gordon, Iain J. (2013) What determines the acceptability of wildlife control methods? A case study of feral pig management in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 18 (2). pp. 97-108.

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Abstract

Understanding public acceptability of wildlife control methods is key to successful wildlife management. The existing literature, however, pays little attention to alien invasive species. We evaluated the acceptability of methods used to control feral pigs (Sus scrofa; trapping, hunting, fencing, and poison baiting) in Australia's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA) across local residents of and tourists to the area, using household surveys and tourist surveys. We predicted that the level of acceptability of a control method would differ across stakeholder groups (i.e., resident, tourist) and methods considered inhumane and/or unsafe would be less supported. Local residents expressed more support for feral pig control than tourists. Both groups identified similar factors, such as humaneness, as being important, but local residents also considered effectiveness and direct social and/or economic benefits from control. We conclude that the types of stakeholder groups determine the acceptability of the methods, but factors considered important in supporting methods can be case-specific.

Item ID: 26218
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: pest management, lethal control, acceptability, feral pigs, alien invasive species
ISSN: 1533-158X
Funders: Feral Animals CRC, James Cook University
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 01:12
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960404 Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950103 Recreation @ 50%
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