Stakeholder attitudes and beliefs toward wild pigs in Georgia and Illinois

Erin E. Harper, Craig A. Miller, Jerry J. Vaske, Michael T. Mengak, Susan Bruno

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Abstract

A variety of problems are associated with wild pigs (Sus scrofa; e.g., crop damage, habitat destruction, transfer of infectious diseases to livestock). We contrasted stakeholder attitudes and beliefs toward wild pigs in 2 U.S. states: 1 with a long-established, widespread population of wild pigs (GA) and 1 with a recently established limited population (IL). We conducted mail surveys of farmers in the Southwest Cooperative Extension Service District in Georgia during January–February 2012 (n = 471, response rate = 39%) and Illinois farmers (n = 3,035, response rate = 58%) during July–September 2013. The surveys included 4 positive items (e.g., I enjoy seeing feral hogs around my property) and 3 negative statements (e.g., Feral hogs should be eliminated where ever possible). Survey participants in both states generally agreed with the negative statements about wild pigs and disagreed with positive aspects regarding wild pigs. In general, the level of consensus for these statements was similar for both states. These findings suggest farmers in a state with low populations of wild pigs (IL) shared beliefs and attitudes with farmers in a state with a long-standing wild pig populations (GA).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-273
Number of pages5
JournalWildlife Society Bulletin
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • PCI
  • Sus scrofa
  • attitudes
  • farmers
  • feral pig
  • wild pig damage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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