Factor Influencing Public Preference for Raccoon Eradication Plan in Kanagawa, Japan

Harumi Akiba, Craig A. Miller, Hiroyuki Matsuda

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Efforts to eradicate Invasive Alien Species (IAS) often become controversial, yet public support is essential for the success of eradication projects. Issues regarding IAS often require immediate action, but information about public attitudes toward and support for IAS management in Japan is lacking. This study examined public preferences for eradication of raccoons (Procyon lotor) (classified as an IAS in Japan) and identified factors affecting preference. Data were obtained from residents of Kanagawa prefecture in Japan via a Web survey. Logistic regression models revealed that preference for eradication of raccoons was relatively low (31%), and that the public lacked knowledge regarding raccoon management. Attitudes toward raccoons, attitudes toward damage, knowledge of raccoon issues, age, gender, and duration of residence were predictors of public preference for eradication. Preference for eradication was not related to having seen the once popular "Raccoon Rascal" cartoon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Japan
  • attitudes
  • eradication
  • invasive alien species
  • raccoons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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