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Social and Perceptual Factors in Endangered Species Management

Stephen R. Kellert
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 49, No. 2 (Apr., 1985), pp. 528-536
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3801568
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3801568
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

This paper describes the importance of socioeconomic and perceptual factors in the management of endangered species. Most endangered species programs tend to emphasize biological assessments and technological solutions. Additionally, attempts to consider the societal context of endangerment are typically narrow in perspective and inclined to stress economic and monetary problems. Despite the mandate of the Endangered Species Act to consider aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific values of wildlife, most endangered species efforts omit consideration of these values. The problem of assessing societal factors in endangered species programs is increasingly complicated when the imperiled species are invertebrates and the location of the problem is primarily in developing countries of the tropics. Unfortunately, the possibility of massive species extinctions will primarily involve invertebrate species in the tropics. This paper reviews some of these difficulties, particularly the differential perception of endangered species and the protection of endangered wildlife in developing countries.

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