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The gray wolf as a symbol or a subject of science

Wolves have always slipped easily into the part of the human brain that processes symbols and metaphors. In the Inferno from his Divine Comedy, Dante (~1265–1321) used wolves to represent greed and fraud. In the Middle Ages Europeans called famine, … read more

Rapid changes in public perception toward a conservation initiative

Rapid, widespread changes in public perceptions and behaviors have the potential to influence conservation outcomes. However, few studies have documented whether and how such shifts occur throughout the span of a conservation initiative. We examined the 2020 ballot initiative to … read more

Conflicts and Attitudes Regarding the Return of the Grey Wolf to California

Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Euro-American settlers began the task of changing the landscape of California from vast expanses of wetland and forest into agricultural land. Since the arrival and eventual settlement of Spanish colonizers, ranching cattle has been a … read more

Understanding drivers of human tolerance to gray wolves and brown bears as a strategy to improve landholder – carnivore coexistence

Despite recent recovery of large carnivores throughout Europe such as the brown bear (Ursus arctos) and the gray wolf (Canis lupus), some of their populations are still threatened and their viability depends on human tolerance to share mixed landscapes. We … read more

Are Gray Wolves Endangered in the Northern Rocky Mountains? A Role for Social Science in Listing Determinations

Conservation scientists increasingly recognize the need to incorporate the social sciences into policy decisions. In practice, however, considerable challenges to integrating the social and natural sciences remain. In this article, we review the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) 2009 … read more

Transparency About Values and Assertions of Fact in Natural Resource Management

Worldwide, unsustainable use of nature threatens the collapse of ecosystems and the benefits they provide to non-humans and humans alike (Ceballos et al., 2015, 2020; Darimont et al., 2015; Ripple et al., 2017; Ceballos and Ehrlich, 2018; FAO, 2020). Yet, … read more

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