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What Determines the Acceptability of Wildlife Control Methods? A Case of Feral Pig management in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia

Koichi, Kana, Cottrell, Alison, Sangha, Kamaljit K. and Gordon, Iain J. (2013). What Determines the Acceptability of Wildlife Control Methods? A Case of Feral Pig management in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia<br />. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal,18(2):97-108.

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Title What Determines the Acceptability of Wildlife Control Methods? A Case of Feral Pig management in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia
Author Koichi, Kana
Cottrell, Alison
Sangha, Kamaljit K.
Gordon, Iain J.
Journal Name Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 18
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1087-1209   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 1533-158X
Start Page 97
End Page 108
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc.
Field of Research 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
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.
Keywords Pest management
Lethal control
Acceptability
Feral pigs
Alien invasive species
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2013.727523   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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