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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Review Article

Year: 2021

Authors: Lehnen, L; Mueller, T; Reinhardt, I; Kaczensky, P; Arbieu, U

Title: Gesellschaftliche Einstellungen zur Rueckkehr des Wolfes nach Deutschland.

Other title: Social attitudes towards the wolf's return to Germany

Source: Natur und Landschaft 2021; 96(1): 27-33.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Kaczensky Petra

Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Medicine

Nationwide surveys show that most people in Germany welcome the return of the wolf and perceive wolves as an asset. Due to strong opposition to wolves by a minority, however, wolf recolonisation of Germany also entails social tensions and discontent. As this can potentially influence conservation policies, factors determining acceptance of or opposition towards wolves need to be considered for longterm, effective conservation. Perceived benefits of and joy about the presence of wolves favour acceptance whereas fear and perceived risks support opposition. Existing studies show that neutral information sources can decrease prejudice, while media focusing on conflict and stereotypes, in contrast, can increase them. Moral values and associated group identities can also play an important role in the acceptance of wolves. Recognising the diversity of stakeholder groups and their concerns as well as identifying commonalities and shared goals is an important step towards humanwolfcoexistence and the acceptance of wolf management decisions. © 2021 W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart

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