Controlled exposure reduces fear of brown bears

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Abstract

Fear of large carnivores such as brown bears may restrict people’s outdoor activities regardless of experts’ estimated risk of attack. This research study empirically examined three exposure interventions in the form of guided walks intended to give people living in brown bear areas tools for coping with their fear. All interventions significantly reduced fear, decreased people’s perceived vulnerability, and increased their social trust in wildlife management authorities. The walk including an encounter with a radio-collared bear in a wild bear habitat resulted in the largest reduction in fear, followed by the walk in the wild bear habitat only and then the walk in a park with captive bears. The wild bear habitat walk was the intervention best suited for further development as it may be used in any area where bears occur and without affecting animal welfare.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
  • Mittuniversitetet
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Tillämpad psykologi

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2019 maj 27
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa