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Large Carnivore Conservation and Management

Human Dimensions, 1st Edition

Edited by Tasos Hovardas


364 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Large carnivores include iconic species such as bears, wolves and big cats. Their habitats are increasingly being shared with humans, and there is a growing number of examples of human-carnivore coexistence as well as conflict. Next to population dynamics of large carnivores, there are considerable attitude shifts towards these species worldwide with multiple implications.

This book argues and demonstrates why human dimensions of relationships to large carnivores are crucial for their successful conservation and management. It provides an overview of theoretical and methodological perspectives, heterogeneity in stakeholder perceptions and behaviour as well as developments in decision making, stakeholder involvement, policy and governance informed by human dimensions of large carnivore conservation and management. The scope is international, with detailed examples and case studies from Europe, North and South America, Central and South Asia, as well as debates of the challenges faced by urbanization, agricultural expansion, national parks and protected areas. The main species covered include bears, wolves, lynx, and leopards.

The book provides a novel perspective for advanced students, researchers and professionals in ecology and conservation, wildlife management, human-wildlife interactions, environmental education and environmental social science.


'This excellent volume condenses decaded of high-quality research into who the relevant stakeholders are, how they interact with each other, and how their value systems, mandates and actions influence the legitimacy and outcomes of carnivore management policies…This book is neither dogmatic nor does it contain unnecessary jargon, making it an accessible resource that provides generous practical guidance…The book covers a lot of ground and it provides a valuable resource for those involved in, or unfamiliar with, the human dimensions of large carnivore conservation and management.' - Florian J. Weise, Ongava Research Centre, Namibia in Fauna & Flora International, Cambridge, UK (

Table of Contents

Part I Theoretical and methodological perspectives

1. Addressing human dimensions in large carnivore conservation and management: Insights from environmental social science and social psychology

Tasos Hovardas

2. Research amidst the contentious issue of wolf presence: Exploration of reference frames and social, cultural, and political dimensions

Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist, Anna Bendz, Serena Cinque, and Camilla Sandström

3. Socio-political illegal acts as a challenge for wolf conservation and management: Implications for legitimizing traditional hunting practices

Mari Pohja-Mykrä

4. Situated, reflexive research in practice: Applying feminist methodology to a study of human-bear conflict

Catherine Jampel

5. A methodology for stakeholder analysis, consultation and engagement in large carnivore conservation and management

Tasos Hovardas

Part II Heterogeneity in perceptions of and behaviour towards large carnivores

6. A community divided: Local perspectives on the reintroduction of Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to the UK

Steven Lipscombe, Chris White, Adam Eagle and Erwin Van Maanen

7. Heterogeneity in perceptions of large carnivores: Insights from Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, and Ladakh

Sunetro Ghosal

8. Considering wolves as active agents in understanding stakeholder perceptions and developing management strategies

Nicolas Lescureux, Laurent Garde, and Michel Meuret

9. Attitudes towards large carnivore species in the West Carpathians: Shifts in public perception and media content after the return of the wolf and the bear

Miroslav Kutal, Petr Kovařík, Leona Kutalová, Michal Bojda, and Martina Dušková

10. Rural-urban heterogeneity in attitudes towards large carnivores in Sweden, 1976-2014

Göran Ericsson, Camilla Sandström, and Shawn J. Riley

11. Challenging the false dichotomy of Us vs Them: Heterogeneity in stakeholder identities regarding carnivores

Michelle L. Lute and Meredith L. Gore

Part III Decision-making, stakeholder involvement, and policy in large carnivore conservation and management

12. Inappropriate consideration of animal interests in predator management: Towards a comprehensive moral code

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, William S. Lynn, and Adrian Treves

13. Science, society and snow Leopards: Bridging the divides through collaborations and best practice convergence

Charudutt Mishra, Justine Shanti Alexander, Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Orjan Johansson, Koustubh Sharma, Kulbhushansingh R. Suryawanshi, Muhammad Ali Nawaz, and Gustaf Samelius

14. Between politics and management: Governing large carnivores in Fennoscandia

Camilla Sandström, Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist, Jani Pellikka, Juha Hiedanpää, Olve Krange, and Ketil Skogen

15. Trans-boundary and trans-regional management of a large carnivore: Managing brown bears across national and regional borders in Europe

Vincenzo Penteriani, Djuro Huber, Klemen Jerina, Miha Krofel, José Vicente López-Bao, Andrés Ordiz, Alejandra Zarzo-Arias, and Fredrik Dalerum

16. Good practice in large carnivore conservation and management: Insights from the EU Platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores

Tasos Hovardas and Katrina Marsden

About the Editor

Tasos Hovardas is the Human Dimensions Expert of CALLISTO - Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society, and through CALLISTO, he is providing consultancy services to the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large carnivores. Tasos acts as Editor-in-Chief of Society & Natural Resources (2017-2020) together with Prof. Linda Prokopy (2017-2020). He is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2017-2020) and a member of the Research in Science & Technology Education Group at the University of Cyprus.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animals / Bears
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Animals / Big Cats
NATURE / Animals / Wolves