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dc.contributor.authorElliot-Hogg, Elizabeth E.
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-03T02:42:32Z
dc.date.available2015-02-03T02:42:32Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/6429
dc.description.abstractThe global spread of urban development and concomitant reduction in wilderness areas can both pressure and entice wild animals to adapt to the urban environment. As wildlife moves into metropolitan areas, however, they come into contact with residents who have become increasingly disconnected from natural environments and have little to no experience in dealing with wild animals. While many large carnivores actively avoid urban areas, North America’s coyote (Canis latrans) has proved remarkably adept at utilizing the highly altered habitat of the modern city. Yet while the coyote’s behavioural adaptations to urban areas have been relatively well researched, fewer studies have focused on human-coyote interactions in cities and suburbs. Given that human attitudes, fears, knowledge and resulting behaviours often underpin human-wildlife conflicts, the following study investigates and compares the human aspects of coyote conflict in two cities with large populations of both people and coyotes: Chicago and Los Angeles. Data were collected via email surveys sent to residents of Cook and Los Angeles Counties. The survey instrument included questions on residents’ opinions, fears, knowledge, personal experiences with urban coyotes and behaviours affecting them. The general goal of the study was to investigate the potential for human-coyote coexistence in urban environments. The following research revealed great variation in attitudes towards coyotes, with animal lovers being as much a part of the problem as those with a paralyzing fear of wildlife. Consequently, finding acceptable solutions may pose a real challenge to urban wildlife managers and reconciliation ecologists.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln Universityen
dc.rights.urihttps://researcharchive.lincoln.ac.nz/page/rights
dc.subjectcoyoteen
dc.subjectCanis latransen
dc.subjecthuman-wildlife conflicten
dc.subjectattitudes towards wildlifeen
dc.subjectreconciliation ecologyen
dc.subjecturban wildlifeen
dc.subjectChicagoen
dc.subjectLos Angelesen
dc.titleA tale of two cities: coexisting with coyotes in an urban environmenten
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.grantorLincoln Universityen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of International Nature Conservationen
lu.thesis.supervisorVallance, Suzanne
lu.thesis.supervisorMolles, Laura
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Environmental Managementen
dc.subject.anzsrc050211 Wildlife and Habitat Managementen
dc.subject.anzsrc050202 Conservation and Biodiversityen
dc.subject.anzsrc160802 Environmental Sociologyen


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