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Michigan Wolf Management
Transcript of Michigan Wolf Management
Who am I?
MA Environment & Resource Policy
PhD Natural Resource Policy & Mgt
Conservation Social Science
What is the human dimension of the problem?
How can the human dimension contribute to more effective decision-making?
Psychology, Sociology, Communication, Political Science, Geography...
Defenders of Wildlife
Reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park
Adirondack Park reintroduction
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Human dimensions of wolf management in Michigan
Ethics of genetic rescue
Stewardship of wolves
Media coverage and politics
Wolves are most widely distributed species on earth
Controversy follows wolves everywhere they go
Biological science tells us a lot about wolves and their management
Social science tells us a lot too!
Michigan is unique, and NOT unique
Michigan Wolf Management
Dr. Meredith Gore
Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
School of Criminal Justice
Genetic Rescue on ISRO
Wolves & wolf management in MI
Ethical basis of stakeholder’s support for conservation action
Challenge assumptions about successful conservation
Promote purposeful engagement
Cultivate well-informed decisions
1. Genetic rescue
2. Wolf hunting
Wolves in Western Great Lakes
Do wolves need genetic rescue?
Proportion of ethical paradigms invoked in discussion board posts (n = 147) in support of (25%, n = 37) or opposition to (32%, n = 47) genetically rescuing the inbred wolves of Isle Royale. Four of five ethical paradigms were detected.
Proportion of moral relevancy categories invoked in discussion board posts (n = 147) in support of (25%, n = 37) or opposition to (32%, n = 47) genetically rescuing the inbred wolves of Isle Royale.
Proportion of responsibility categories invoked in discussion board posts (n = 147) in support of (25%, n = 37) or opposition to (32%, n = 47) genetically rescuing the inbred wolves of Isle Royale.
blog posts, Feb-May 2009, 149 posts
43% No opinion
Controversy over hunting
What to do about differences?
How do values of knowledge factor in?
What can we do?
Wolf Management & Hunting
Conflict (ballot initiatives, lawsuits)
Role of knowledge & power in fueling conflict
Competition for control and authority over decisions
Whose knowledge is recognized as most legitimate?
Competition can disenfranchise
Previous experience matters!
1. Decision-makers ignore local knowledge
2. Power influences decision-making
3. Special interests disenfranchise
4. Stakeholders mistrust each other
Some concluding thoughts
1. Science doesn't make decisions, people do
2. Knowledge can come from diverse sources: biological and social
3. Integrating biological and social science is challenging but rewarding
4. Not all conflict/controversy is bad
Fall 2014 was a HOT time for wolf management
* citizen-initiated legislation
* ballot initiatives
* federal relisting
Frame decision-making in terms of multiple interests, not just one
Work to empower all stakeholders
diffuse risks and benefits equally