Human dimensions of wildlife management

51ehshexw2ledited by Daniel J. Decker, Shawn J. Riley, and William F. Siemer

Shelfmark: CP/MA/004i

This book is intended as a textbook for students working towards a career in wildlife management, and a reference for wildlife management practitioners. The concepts and skills covered include governance, ethical analysis, structured decision making, adaptive leadership and management. Each chapter contains examples and areas for further discussion, as well as a section on further reading.


Wildlife professionals can more effectively manage species and social-ecological systems by fully considering the role that humans play in every stage of the process. Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management provides the essential information that students and practitioners need to be effective problem solvers. Edited by three leading experts in wildlife management, this textbook explores the interface of humans with wildlife and their sometimes complementary, often conflicting, interests. The book’s well-researched chapters address conservation, wildlife use (hunting and fishing), and the psychological and philosophical underpinnings of wildlife management.


Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management explains how a wildlife professional should handle a variety of situations, such as managing deer populations in residential areas or encounters between predators and people or pets.


This thoroughly revised and updated edition includes detailed information about

  • systems thinking
  • working with social scientists
  • managing citizen input
  • using economics to inform decision making
  • preparing questionnaires
  • ethical considerations


Part I – Overview and fundamental concepts

Human dimensions of wildlife management
Governance of wildlife resources
Stakeholders as beneficiaries of wildlife

Part II –  Social science considerations

Social psychological considerations in wildlife management
Sociological considerations in wildlife management
Economic considerations in wildlife management

Part III – The management process

Wildlife management as a process within a system
Decision making in wildlife management

Part IV – Human dimensions methods and skills

Planning a human dimensions inquiry
Methods of human dimensions inquiry
Stakeholder engagement in wildlife management
Communication for effective wildlife management

Part V – Human dimensions applications

Human dimensions of abundant wildlife management
Human dimensions of scarce wildlife management
Human dimensions of wildlife use management

Part VI – Professional considerations for the future

Environmental ethics for wildlife management
Continuing your education in human dimensions
Adaptive value of human dimensions for wildlife management

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