Comparative Psychology Versus Ethology

  • Richard H. Yahner


As humans, we consistently judge the behavior of animals (e.g., that pet is cute) or fellow humans (e.g., that new neighbor is friendly, etc.) based on their appearance and how they act from our perspective. In other words, we seldom look at the ecology of a pet or human or, for that matter, of an animal in the wild. In contrast, wildlife managers typically look at the ecology of an animal or view the animal as being part of a population; management of a species is based on populations rather than on individuals; wildlife management classically focused on populations, habitat, and people (Giles 1978).


Operant Conditioning Wildlife Management Brown Bear Comparative Psychology Canada Goose 
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  • Richard H. Yahner
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  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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