Urban wildlife conservation in Arizona: Public opinion and agency involvement
AuthorRuther, Sherry Ann, 1960-
KeywordsWildlife conservation -- Arizona.
Urban animals -- Arizona.
Urban policy -- Arizona.
AdvisorShaw, William W.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study examines urban wildlife conservation in Arizona as a function of public opinion and agency involvement. In the fall of 1985, a questionnaire was mailed to 1000 randomly chosen households. Respondents answered questions about urban wildlife-related activities, preferred species and locations for urban wildlife conservation, wildlife-related pest problems, a public agency's responsibility for urban wildlife, and potential agency-sponsored urban wildlife programs. Analysis of the survey data indicate that Tucsonans are aware of, have favorable opinions about, and actively encourage the presence of urban wildlife. An analysis of urban wildlife conservation as a public issue yields additional information pertinent to the design and implementation of a state agency urban wildlife conservation program. The combined results of these analyses suggest that state agency involvement in urban wildlife conservation is publicly acceptable; an urban constituency can potentially benefit an agency's support base; and urban wildlife conservation's unique characteristics warrant special attention during program and policy development.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources