Culture, Conflict and Compromise: The Gray Wolf and the Grizzly Bear in the Western United States

Stephenson, Casey (2011) Culture, Conflict and Compromise: The Gray Wolf and the Grizzly Bear in the Western United States. [Abstract]

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Gray wolves and grizzly bears have been the subject of intense debate ever since they received protection under the Endangered Species Act. However, human sentiments regarding top predators have been evolving for as long as the West has been inhabited. By looking at Native American and European beliefs about wolves and grizzlies we can better understand what led to their decline and what needs to be done in order to preserve them. Human-predator conflicts are the leading cause for disdain towards top predators; and by overcoming the conflicts with the most practical strategies, recovery efforts will be more successful. Perspectives towards wolves and grizzlies have changed greatly over the last 150 years and recovery efforts will continue to progress as human perceptions of animals evolve.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 6th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental studies, Endangered Species Act, gray wolf, Canis lupus, Grizzly Bear, Hunting, Government Policy, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Management, Human-bear Encounters, Animals, Wildlife Research, Habitat (ecology), Bear Populations, Human-animal Relationships
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Anthropology
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Native American and Indigenous Studies
NBS Symposium
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 14:29
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 14:29

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