Acceptability of Lethal Control of Wildlife that Damage Agriculture in the Netherlands

M.T.J. Sijtsma, J.J. Vaske, M.H. Jacobs

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The use of lethal control of wildlife is controversial. We examined the acceptability of using lethal control to minimize the impacts of geese and deer on agricultural crops in the Netherlands. Two sets of predictors were examined: wildlife value orientations (WVOs) and demographics. The two wildlife value orientations—domination and mutualism—were based on prior theorizing and research in the United States. Demographic variables included age, gender, education, and current residence. We used data from a mailed survey (n = 353) sent to randomly selected individuals in the Netherlands. We examined six separate logistic regression models. As predicted, only the value orientations were statistically significant, accounting for 39% (geese) and 37% (deer) of the variance. Of the two WVOs, domination was a better predictor of acceptability ratings than mutualism. Results suggest that WVOs have predictive validity outside the United States.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1308-1323
JournalSociety & Natural Resources
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • management actions
  • value orientations
  • united-states
  • canada geese
  • deer
  • attitudes
  • beliefs

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