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001-es BibID:BIBFORM101757
035-os BibID:(cikkazonosító)1207 (WoS)000794753400001 (Scopus)85129394186
Első szerző:Kövér László (városökológia, városi vadgazdálkodás)
Cím:Is the Hitchcock Story Really True? Public Opinion on Hooded Crows in Cities as Input to Management / László Kövér, Petra Paládi, Isma Benmazouz, Andrej Šorgo, Natalija Špur, Lajos Juhász, Péter Czine, Péter Balogh, Szabolcs Lengyel
Megjegyzések:Simple Summary Human-wildlife conflicts are a novel topic in urban environments. The recent increase in hooded crows in cities across Europe has increased the frequency of such conflicts, and in some places, the control of crow populations has become a necessity and a hotly debated issue. We surveyed the attitude of people towards hooded crows using an online questionnaire developed to assess their knowledge of crows and which control method is acceptable to most people in Hungary. Many respondents had experience with hooded crows and agreed that their high numbers can cause problems. Most people expressed their willingness to learn about the crows and their management yet did not wish to get directly involved in management activities, which they believed should be the responsibility of professionals. In addition, most people supported the use of non-invasive or less harmful control methods and opposed more intrusive or destructive ones. These results clearly express the difficulty in identifying the most suitable and tolerable way to manage urban crow populations and thus address emerging human-wildlife conflicts in urban environments. In recent years, the Hooded crow (Corvus cornix) has become one of the most successful wild bird species in urban environments across Europe. Hooded crows can cause several problems in cities, including trash scattering, noise disturbance, and aggressive behavior toward humans or pets, and they can be potential vectors of pathogens. To find effective solutions, the public has to be involved in the decision-making process in urban planning management, managed by the city administration. In this study, we surveyed the attitude of people in Hungary towards crows and crow management by collecting information using an online questionnaire containing 65 questions published in 14 Facebook groups. We found that many people were familiar with corvid species and had personal experience with them. In most cases, these experiences were not negative, so the crows were not or only rarely perceived to cause problems to people, such as aggressive behavior, damage to cars or stealing something. Most respondents recognized that the presence of large numbers of hooded crows is a problem to be solved and acknowledged that they do not know how to resolve it. The majority of people expressed their interest in raising public awareness of crows but not in their management actions, which they believe should be implemented by experts. Most respondents preferred passive, harmless methods. More direct methods such as egg/chick removal from the nest, control by trapping, poisoned baits or firearms, or oral contraceptives were the least acceptable. These results express the difficulty in identifying a control method for managing hooded crow populations that is both acceptable to most people and effective at the same time. This study demonstrates the importance of involving public opinion in wildlife management and providing more information to citizens to reduce human-crow conflicts.
Tárgyszavak:Agrártudományok Erdészeti és vadgazdálkodási tudományok idegen nyelvű folyóiratközlemény külföldi lapban
Megjelenés:Animals. - 12 : 9 (2022), p. 1-18. -
További szerzők:Paládi Petra (1995-) Benmazouz, Isma (1992-) (veterinarian) Šorgo, Andrej Špur, Natalija Juhász Lajos (1956-) (biológia-földrajz szakos tanár) Czine Péter (1994-) (közgazdász) Balogh Péter (1970-) (agrármérnök) Lengyel Szabolcs (1971-) (biológus)
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