publication . Article . 2018

“It's Just a Matter of Time:” Lessons from Agency and Community Responses to Polar Bear-inflicted Human Injury

AimeeL Schmidt; DouglasA Clark;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2018 Journal: Conservation & Society (issn: 0972-4923, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
Abstract
Bear-inflicted human injuries or deaths are often widely publicised, controversial, and evoke substantial social responses that articulate public expectations about bear management. In this paper, we examine how local people and management agencies (i.e. Manitoba Conservation, Parks Canada, and the Town of Churchill) responded to a polar bear-inflicted human injury in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. On November 1st, 2013, two people in Churchill were badly mauled by a polar bear. The incident shocked the community, highlighted problems such as a lack of bear safety education, and led to reviews of institutional policies for preventing polar bear-human conflicts. We...
Subjects
free text keywords: polar bear-human conflicts, management responses, community responses, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, Ecology, QH540-549.5, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Nature and Landscape Conservation, Proximate and ultimate causation, Environmental resource management, business.industry, business, Environmental ethics, Safety education, Economics
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publication . Article . 2018

“It's Just a Matter of Time:” Lessons from Agency and Community Responses to Polar Bear-inflicted Human Injury

AimeeL Schmidt; DouglasA Clark;