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Does Our Language Regarding Wolves and Bears Shape Our Attitudes?

posted Aug 6, 2014, 2:34 PM by chloe owens

6/24/14, by Candice Gaukel Andrews, Good Nature

Does Our Language Regarding Wolves and Bears Shape Our Attitudes?

…Although in Wisconsin we live with nearly 18,000 black bears as opposed to only about 800 wolves, we seem to regard the wolf as a far greater threat to our lives and livelihoods…surprisingly, after the “harvest” (the quota for 2012 was 201 wolves), tolerance for the remaining wolves didn’t grow but decreased among male respondents living in wolf rage.  Having fewer wolves, it turns out, was not associated with an increase in acceptance of them.  Yet in Wisconsin, it is the black bears that trample and destroy field crops, routinely damage cabins and homes while breaking in and rummaging for food, kill livestock, and cause extensive damage to trees by feeding on the inner bark…bears destroy whole orchards…while people tend to erroneously blame our WI wolves for lowering whitetail deer populations numbers, it is the bears that are incredibly efficient at preying on fawns.

http://goodnature.nathab.com/does-our-language-regarding-wolves-and-bears-shape-our-attitudes/

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