From a Human Dimensions Perspective, the Unknown Large Carnivore: Public Attitudes Toward Eurasian Lynx in Poland

  title={From a Human Dimensions Perspective, the Unknown Large Carnivore: Public Attitudes Toward Eurasian Lynx in Poland},
  author={Alistair J. Bath and Agnieszka Olszańska and Henryk Okarma},
  journal={Human Dimensions of Wildlife},
  pages={31 - 46}
As Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) populations in Poland continue to decrease, data on understanding public attitudes toward this large carnivore become crucial. We used a self-administered questionnaire to assess the knowledge and attitudes of key interest groups toward lynx in Poland. We involved 580 hunters, 363 foresters, 356 farmers, and 1,211 teenagers over 4 study zones, chosen on the basis of lynx presence or absence. We explored how attitudes varied over space and factors affecting attitudes… 

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