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A conceptual framework to evaluate human-wildlife interactions within coupled human and natural systems

Anita T. Morzillo, University of Connecticut
Kirsten M. de Beurs, University of Oklahoma
Chelsea J. Martin-Mikle, University of Oklahoma

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06883-190344

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Abstract

Landscape characteristics affect human-wildlife interactions. However, there is a need to better understand mechanisms that drive those interactions, particularly feedbacks that exist between wildlife-related impacts, human reaction to and behavior as a result of those impacts, and how land use and landscape characteristics may influence those components within coupled human and natural systems. Current conceptual models of human-wildlife interactions often focus on species population size as the independent variable driving those interactions. Such an approach potentially overlooks important feedbacks among and drivers of human-wildlife interactions that result from mere wildlife presence versus absence. We describe an emerging conceptual framework that focuses on wildlife as a driver of human behavior and allows us to better understand linkages between humans, wildlife, and the broader landscape. We also present results of a pilot analysis related to our own ongoing study of urban rodent control behavior to illustrate one application of this framework within a study of urban landscapes.

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coupled human and natural systems; human-wildlife conflict; human-wildlife interactions; landscape ecology; pesticides; rodenticides; wildlife management

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