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Wildlife Management in Parks and Protected Areas: Indigenous Peoples and Stakeholder Perceptions in Elk Island National Park, Alberta Open Access


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elk island national park
indigenous perceptions
stakeholder perceptions
wildlife management
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University of Alberta
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Parent, Chelsea A
Supervisor and department
Howard Harshaw (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
Naomi Krogram (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
PearlAnn Reichwein (Physical Education and Recreation)
Physical Education and Recreation

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2017-11:Fall 2017
Master of Arts
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Elk Island National Park (EINP) is located approximately 35 km from a large urban centre, Edmonton, Alberta. The Park is home to three species of large ungulates, plains bison, wood bison, and elk, that are actively managed. All three species have been used for translocation conservation efforts, but also need to be actively managed due to a lack of natural predators and the confinement within a 2.2 m high fence that surrounds the Park. EINP has historically used various management methods to control ungulate populations, but stakeholder and Indigenous perceptions of these methods have not been empirically explored. This study seeks to understand the level of support key stakeholder groups and Indigenous peoples have towards various management methods used in wildlife management in North America, as may be applied to EINP. Additionally, this study seeks to understand broader implications for perceptions of lethal wildlife management methods, such as hunting. The results from this study have direct implications for wildlife management in EINP and in other parks and protected areas in Canada, that do not possess empirical documentation about stakeholder and Indigenous people’s perceptions. Further, the results demonstrate that while key stakeholder groups and Indigenous peoples have collective beliefs about the management methods presented in this study, individual beliefs, specific to the context were demonstrated to be important indicators of nuanced information.
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