Public knowledge and perceptions of black-tailed prairie dogs

Human Dimensions of Wildlife
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Black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) historically occupied an 11-state region of the United States. We surveyed 1,900 residents (response rate 56%) of this region to understand citizen knowledge and perceptions about prairie dogs and their management. Those who have direct experience - e.g., those who live very close to prairie dog colonies or know the location of the nearest colony - have higher levels of knowledge. A significantly higher level of knowledge was documented among those who were politically active when compared with the general public. Those who found environmental issues difficult to understand were associated with lower knowledge. People with direct experience were likely to hold negative views, whereas those holding environmentalist values were likely to express positive attitudes toward the species. Although those with higher education reported more knowledge, there was no link between a person's level of knowledge and perceptions of prairie dog management.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Public knowledge and perceptions of black-tailed prairie dogs
Series title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
DOI 10.1080/10871200304304
Volume 8
Issue 2
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 17 p.
First page 127
Last page 143
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