Community attitudes towards possums in metropolitan Melbourne

Whiting, Amy. E, Miller, Kelly. K and Tenby, Ian 2010, Community attitudes towards possums in metropolitan Melbourne, Victorian naturalist, vol. 127, no. 1, pp. 4-10.

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Title Community attitudes towards possums in metropolitan Melbourne
Author(s) Whiting, Amy. E
Miller, Kelly. K
Tenby, Ian
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 127
Issue number 1
Start page 4
End page 10
Total pages 7
Publisher The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 0042-5184
Keyword(s) Possums
Urban wildlife
Attitudes
Human dimensions
Summary Community attitudes toward urban possums in Victoria were examined. 500 questionnaires were sent to a random sample of residents from metropolitan Melbourne (n=103) as well as people who had had experiences with possums (n=340). Negative attitudes toward possums were found to exist in the community and these attitudes were not restricted to those who have had problems with possums. However, the extent of possum problems may be less than commonly believed, as over half of the respondents to newspaper stories calling for people with ‘possum experiences’ reported positive experiences with possums. Increasing media emphasis on positive experiences with possums and school-based education programs are identified as possible strategies for reducing conflicts and learning to live with possums in urban environments.
Language eng
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective 960812 Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The author
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