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A study of attitudes pertaining to the Richardson's ground squirrel

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dc.contributor.advisor Dakin, Susan
dc.contributor.author Kincaid, Adela Tesarek
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-12T19:23:08Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-12T19:23:08Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/185
dc.description x, 191 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract Ecologically, Richardson's ground squirrels comprise and uphold a major part of the prairie ecosystem. However, from a soceital perspective, many residents of the prairies view them as nothing more than 'pests' in need of eradication. The focus of this research is on attitudes, knowledge, and public support for specific management strategies in relation to Richardson's ground squirrels. Measuring human attitudes about wildlife is a growing field of study that can provide important information to resource management personnel. Surveys were administered to rural residents, urban residents, and grade 12 high school students residing in Lethbridge, Alberta or within a 60-km radius of the city. Urban people had a significantly more positive overall attitude score than rural people. Rural people had a significantly higher knowledge score than urban residents. Rural people supported lethal management practices in all areas listed whereas urban people more often supported alternative management practices such as capture and relocation or the introduction of predators. Both urban and rural people believed that overpopulation of Richardson's ground squirrels and the depletion of crops caused by Richardson's ground squirrels were serious problems. Overall, rural people perceived problems caused by Richardson's ground squirells to be more serious problems than did urban residents. Results provide information for decision-makers and highlight areas where education might focus. In addition, a baseline of existing attitudes toward Richardson's ground squirrels is created against which future change in attitudes or knowledge can be measured. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2003 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Richardson's ground squirrel -- Alberta -- Surveys en
dc.subject Richardson's ground squirrel -- Alberta -- Public opinion en
dc.subject Richardson's ground squirrel -- Control -- Alberta -- Public opinion en
dc.title A study of attitudes pertaining to the Richardson's ground squirrel en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography

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