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What Three Social Science Theories Applied to Animals and Human-Animal Relations Reveal About Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Conservation.

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What Three Social Science Theories Applied to Animals and Human-Animal Relations Reveal About Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Conservation.

Abstract

Wildlife management falls into the rapidly advancing field of human-animal relations. Three constructs in the social sciences have recently been applied to this arena, making them relevant to consider in wildlife management practices. Research on animal language, cognition and abilities has facilitated applications of these theories or constructs. Social exchange theory, the capabilities approach, and post-traumatic stress disorder all arose originally from human-centered studies, but now apply to animals and human-animal relationships. Each of these theories has important insights, which may inform gray wolf (Canis lupus) conservation, especially when marred by human-wolf conflict. The first from Anthropology explains the reciprocality in human-animal relationships, the second from Philosophy and Economics recommends understanding wellbeing as the ability to express one’s capacities (both for humans and wolves), and the third from Psychology speaks to the injuries that result from violence or from witnessing injury or death. We will examine a particular case study of wolf conservation in the Yellowstone National Park area and draw both critique and strategies from these theories.
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