The influence of gender on the relationship between wildlife value orientations, beliefs, and the acceptability of lethal deer control in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Erin M. Dougherty, David C. Fulton, Dorothy H Anderson

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Abstract

This study examines how wildlife value orientations, attitudes, and gender influence acceptance of lethal actions to control deer in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Data were collected from female and male residents (n = 659) in a nine-county area, the primary service area of the park. Females and males demonstrated significant differences in their wildlife value orientations, attitudes toward lethal deer control, beliefs about the outcome of lethal deer control, and perceived personal impacts of lethal deer control. Gender also acted as a moderator of the relationship between values, beliefs and attitudes. Results indicate that a focus on understanding differences between males and females is essential to public participation in decision making concerning this and similar issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-623
Number of pages21
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

Keywords

  • Deer management
  • Gender
  • Wildlife values

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