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Animals 2017, 7(11), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani7110083

Perceptions of Hunting and Hunters by U.S. Respondents

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Natural Resources, and Design, Davis College of Agriculture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
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Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Received: 11 September 2017 / Revised: 11 October 2017 / Accepted: 2 November 2017 / Published: 4 November 2017
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Abstract

Public acceptance of hunting and hunting practices is an important human dimension of wildlife management in the United States. Researchers surveyed 825 U.S. residents in an online questionnaire about their views of hunting, hunters, and hunting practices. Eighty-seven percent of respondents from the national survey agreed that it was acceptable to hunt for food whereas 37% agreed that it was acceptable to hunt for a trophy. Over one-quarter of respondents did not know enough about hunting over bait, trapping, and captive hunts to form an opinion about whether the practice reduced animal welfare. Chi-square tests were used to explore relationships between perceptions of hunters and hunting practices and demographics. Those who knew hunters, participated in hunting-related activities, visited fairs or livestock operations, or were males who had more favorable opinions on hunting. A logistic regression model showed that not knowing a hunter was a statistically significant negative predictor of finding it acceptable to hunt; owning a pet was statistically significant and negative for approving of hunting for a trophy. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal welfare; hunting; hunting practices; public acceptance; public perception animal welfare; hunting; hunting practices; public acceptance; public perception
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Byrd, E.; Lee, J.G.; Widmar, N.J.O. Perceptions of Hunting and Hunters by U.S. Respondents. Animals 2017, 7, 83.

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