Expert Opinions on the Potential Role of Indigenous Peoples in Wildlife Management in Alberta

  • Author / Creator
    Bennett, Arlana May
  • Management of cervids for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a challenging multi-stakeholderendeavour. This thesis focuses on the thoughts and perceptions of various experts regardingcervid management in Alberta, and the inclusion of Indigenous peoples and their knowledge.This research sought to explore diverse expert perspectives on the role of Indigenous Knowledgein wildlife monitoring and management in relation to the issue of CWD; and better understandthe key challenges and opportunities regarding wildlife management in Alberta. The methodsused in this thesis include a modified qualitative expert elicitation, probabilistic sampling, andthematic analysis. The major thematic results experts discussed include: the lack of Indigenouscompliance in cervid monitoring with varying reasons provided; the necessity of both scientistsand Indigenous communities to engage in intercultural and technical capacity development; andthe need for both scientists and Indigenous communities to form a functional and mutuallybeneficial working relationship. This research is a preliminary investigation into the social,cultural, and economic aspects of CWD management, and is intended to provide further insightstowards this end with a focus on future areas of research.

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    Spring 2019
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    Master of Science
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