Who Cares About Wildlife?

  • Michael J Manfredo


A conversation I had aboard an airplane traveling from Houston to Denver inspired this book’s title. After settling in my seat, I learned that the passenger beside me was an airline pilot. I asked him many questions during the flight, as air travel has always interested me. My newly made friend explained lift and drag, the workings of air traffic communications, and his preferred types of aircraft. I wanted to understand how he coped with the responsibility of so many lives. When he asked about my occupation – having just conversed about a profession recognized for its responsibility, social utility, and respect – I felt pressure to depict my work in a socially relevant context.

I described my current project. The project hoped to assess public attitudes toward a ballot initiative to ban wildlife trapping in Colorado. Wildlife management, as a profession, saw the impending ballot initiative as a threat. Managers felt that issues like wildlife trapping should be left to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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