Attitudes and the Study of Human Dimensions of Wildlife

  • Michael J Manfredo


What role do alternative regulations have in stimulating or depressing waterfowl hunting participation? A group of managers entrusted with the regulation of recreational waterfowl hunting in North America examined this question (Case, 2004). The potential waterfowl regulations would dictate things such as season length and species bag limit. Group discussions focused on the attitudinal studies that could guide selection of regulations. The managers proposed an attitude survey. In this survey, hunters would be asked a series of questions to assess thier support for or opposition to different regulatory alternatives. The managers believed that implementing the regulations most preferred by hunters (as revealed by the survey) would increase waterfowl hunting participation (a possible goal of their management).

Is this conclusion reasonable? While it appears intuitive, it oversimplifies the complexity of attitudes. To illustrate this complexity, consider contemporary...


Implicit Association Test Attitude Object Perceived Behavioral Control Implicit Attitude Attitude Theory 
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