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Large Carnivore ConservationIntegrating Science and Policy in the North American West$
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Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226107400

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226107547.001.0001

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Large Carnivores, People, and Governance

Large Carnivores, People, and Governance

(p.1) 1 Large Carnivores, People, and Governance
Large Carnivore Conservation

Susan G. Clark

Murray B. Rutherford

David J. Mattson

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides an overview of the biophysical and socio-political dimensions of large carnivore conservation in North America. We describe common challenges and discuss myths, symbolism, values, political polarization, and other factors. To be successful, carnivore conservation requires well-designed public decision-making processes (governance) that can integrate or balance contesting interests and find enduring common ground. The conventional approach of “scientific management” has proven inadequate for the task. We describe an alternative integrative and interdisciplinary approach to carnivore conservation—including a conceptual framework and evaluation criteria—used throughout this book to analyze, understand, and develop strategies to overcome problems associated with carnivores, people, and governance.

Keywords:   governance, decision-making process, large carnivores, conservation policy, wildlife management, policy sciences

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