The public and geese: a conflict on the rise?

Louise Eriksson*, Maria Johansson, Johan Månsson, Steven Redpath, Camilla Sandström, Johan Elmberg

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Abstract

Wild geese are increasing in agricultural and urban settings across Europe, leading to widespread human–geese interactions. This study examined how the public’s acceptance of geese (attitude and acceptance capacity) varied depending on place dimensions, interactions with geese in different settings (place-based experience), and psychological factors, including wildlife value orientations, beliefs about the ecosystem services and disservices geese provide, and emotions. A survey was conducted in two municipalities with large goose populations in Sweden; Kristianstad and Örebro (n = 898). Results revealed a favorable view of the occurrence of geese, although a substantial share believed the number of geese was too high. Place-based experiences of geese were correlated with acceptance (e.g., more experience on beaches was associated with a negative attitude) and the importance of psychological factors for acceptance was confirmed. The study highlights the need to consider the public’s experiences of geese for sustainable goose management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-437
Number of pages17
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume25
Issue number5
Early online date16 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • cognitions
  • emotions
  • place-based experiences
  • public acceptance
  • Wild geese
  • WOLVES
  • TOLERANCE
  • WILDLIFE ACCEPTANCE CAPACITY
  • ATTITUDES
  • LETHAL CONTROL
  • EXPERIENCES
  • SUPPORT
  • GOOSE CONSERVATION
  • GOVERNING HUMAN FEAR
  • BEARS

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    Eriksson, L., Johansson, M., Månsson, J., Redpath, S., Sandström, C., & Elmberg, J. (2020). The public and geese: a conflict on the rise? Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 25(5), 421-437. https://doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2020.1752420