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Spatial tradeoffs between residents’ preferences for brown bear conservation and the mitigation of human–bear conflicts

Kubo, Takahiro, Shoji, Yasushi (2014) Spatial tradeoffs between residents’ preferences for brown bear conservation and the mitigation of human–bear conflicts. Biological Conservation, 176 . pp. 126-132. ISSN 0006-3207. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2014.05.019) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:80494)

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The present study analyzes the preferences of residents around protected areas for brown bear conservation. We use a discrete choice experiment visualized with regional maps in order to explore preferences for bear conservation across six areas, namely three residential areas, popular tourist sites, and protected areas in Shiretoko Peninsula, Japan. The presented results show that the sampled residents have heterogeneous site-specific preferences. They prefer bear conservation in protected areas and they are more averse to conservation in residential areas. However, they support coexistence with bears in general. Moreover, residents’ attitudes become more negative with closer proximity between bear habitats and their residences. In addition, the occupations of local residents also affect their preferences. Those residents that depend on agriculture and commercial fishing have more negative attitudes toward bear conservation relative to those that depend on tourism. Therefore, we conclude that integrating the preferences of residents into zoning management planning helps promote wildlife conservation and resolve potential human–wildlife conflicts.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.05.019
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: DA - 2014/08/01/ [EPrints field already has value set] JO - Biological Conservation [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Brown bear (Ursus arctos), Conservation planning, Discrete choice model, Human–wildlife conflicts, Protected area, Zoning
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Takahiro Kubo
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 15:31 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:02 UTC
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