Examining the living with possums policy in Victoria, Australia : community knowledge, support and compliance

Whiting, Amy and Miller, Kelly 2008, Examining the living with possums policy in Victoria, Australia : community knowledge, support and compliance, Pacific conservation biology, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 169-176.

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Title Examining the living with possums policy in Victoria, Australia : community knowledge, support and compliance
Author(s) Whiting, Amy
Miller, KellyORCID iD for Miller, Kelly orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-6232
Journal name Pacific conservation biology
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 169
End page 176
Total pages 8
Publisher Surrey Beatty & Sons
Place of publication Chipping Norton, N.S.W
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1038-2097
Keyword(s) Common Brushtail Possum
Urban wildlife
Wildlife management
Human-wildlife conflicts
Common Ringtail Possum
Summary Studying the human dimensions of wildlife management issues is now considered to be an essential component
of wildlife research. This study examined the Living with Possums policy in Victoria, Australia, in terms of the policy’s
success in educating the community and ensuring community compliance. Postal surveys and telephone interviews
were conducted across three samples from Greater Melbourne. These samples included people who had experiences
with possums on their property (n = 340), veterinary clinics (n = 45) and the general public (n = 103). Significant
levels of non-compliance were uncovered, highlighting the need for a renewed public education campaign to take place
along with a continued interest in this issue from government agencies and councils. The study also revealed
discrepancies between the policy and public preferences for possum management, suggesting that a shift in the
recommended management technique may be warranted.
Language eng
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017506

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