Canadian Forest Service Publications

Public acceptance of access restrictions to grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) country. 2007. McFarlane, B.L.; Stumpf-Allen, R.C.G.; Watson, D.O. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 12(4): 275-287.

Year: 2007

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 28081

Language: English

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Abstract

Variation in attitudes and preferences among communities has been cited as a primary consideration for the development of grizzly bear management plans in North America. We undertook a study in 2004 to determine if there were differences among two rural populations and an urban population on the issue of grizzly bear management in Alberta, Canada. Results from a mail survey showed that there was a greater diversity of views and potential for conflict between the two rural groups than between the rural groups and the urban group. We used a cognitive hierarchy of knowledge, attitudes, and normative beliefs as a theoretical foundation and analyzed the effects of social influences (including residency) and demographics. A structural equation analysis showed that being an off-road vehicle user had a greater influence on acceptance of access restrictions than residency or cognitive and demographic factors.