Cultural Perspectives on Human–Wildlife Relationships

  • Michael J Manfredo


Recently one of my colleagues, an economics professor from Italy, was traveling through the West and stopped to visit. During a dinner conversation, he told me that he and his daughter intended to travel north to Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Yellowstone is generally considered the crown jewel of the American Park System. I told him about the history of our National Park Service, YNP’s unique stature in our Park System, and the amazing sights he could expect there. We agreed to have dinner at the conclusion of his trip, on his way back to the Denver airport.

I wanted to know his reaction to the readily accessible views of wildlife in YNP. My trips to Italy’s national parks were enjoyable and in my opinion the scenery of the Southern Alps is as awe-inspiring as any place on earth, but for all the beauty there, I found the lack of wildlife striking.

Upon his return, I asked about my friend’s experience in YNP and was surprised by his answer. He was amazed at the animals...


Cultural Perspective Material Force Political Ecology Yellowstone National Park Utilitarian Approach 
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  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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