|Type||Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Science|
|Title||Human dimensions in wolf management in Croatia: understanding public attitudes toward wolves over time and space|
Most of human dimensions studies are one-shot case studies that focus on how attitudes and
beliefs vary across different interest groups. As such they fail to allow for more spatially
flexible management, comparisons of data and evaluations of implemented activities.
Consequently such human dimensions studies fail to fairly inform management as a dynamic
and goal-driven process. We carried out personal structured interviews with the residents of
three regions within the Croatian wolf range in 1999 (n=1209) and repeated the study in
2003 (n=1172). We found that attitudes were more positive in the north (Gorski Kotar) than
in the southern regions (Lika and Dalmatia). Beliefs did not vary amongst the three regions.
Fear of wolves was the strongest predictor of attitudes. Knowledge was not important in
predicting attitudes but did influence fear of wolves. Changes in attitudes were documented
in Lika and Dalmatia with attitudes shifting towards more neutral position. Using human
dimensions research as an evaluative tool can help the managers to be more adaptive and
thus effective in their management solutions.
|»||Croatia - Population and Housing Census 2001|