A national assessment of wildlife information transfer to the public

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Title: A national assessment of wildlife information transfer to the public
Author: Lindsey, Kieran Jane
Abstract: A self -administered questionnaire was developed using the Tailored Design Method (Dillman 2000 ) to assess how information about wildlife , beyond traditional hunting and fishing issues , was transferred to the public by the five selected governmental agencies : state wildlife management agencies (DNRs ) , U .S . Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS ) , USDA Wildlife Services (WS ) , Cooperative State Research , Education and Extension Service (CSREES ) , and U .S . Forest Service (USFS ) . The questionnaire addressed agency mission and record -keeping , as well as public demand for information and agency response concerning non -traditional wildlife issues , including : conflicts between humans and wildlife ; human health and safety ; attracting wildlife ; viewing wildlife ; general curiosity ; and wildlife in distress (i .e . , injured , diseased , orphaned ) . Respondents said that providing the public with information on wildlife and related issues is a significant part of their mission . Unfortunately , few kept permanent records of their interactions with constituents or had established formal protocols for handling queries about non -traditional wildlife issues . Several factors may prevent effective transfer of information about non -traditional wildlife issues to the public , including the historic emphasis on consumptive users . However , collaborative efforts between governmental and non -governmental organizations may prove to be an effective way to respond to public demand .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1144
Date: 2004-11-15

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A national assessment of wildlife information transfer to the public. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1144 .

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