A chance to participate in a new study on carnivore conservation and management

We are posting this intriguing research effort by Dr. Jeremy Bruskotter. You are invited to participate.

Readers of the Wildlife News:

My colleagues and I are preparing a nationwide survey to help us better understand people’s preferences for large carnivore conservation and management.  In particular, we are interested in understanding the attitudes and policy preferences of people who are knowledgeable and/or care deeply about these issues (if you’re reading this, you fit that description).

The survey consists of questions designed to assess your attitudes and preferences concerning large carnivore conservation, endangered species restoration, and gray wolf management.  If this topic interests you, we could really use your help!  The questionnaire should take you about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

You can take the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XKZ8PCL
(More information is provided if you follow the link)

Thank you for your interest!

Jeremy Bruskotter, PhD
School of Environment & Natural Resources, The Ohio State University

Contact: 614/247-2118





  1. Mooseboy Avatar

    Fantastic survey, I highly recommend it to those who are both for and against large carnivores(in particular wolves).

    1. JB Avatar

      Thank you! And thanks again to Ralph and company.

      I want to let folks know that I will send Ralph the summarized results of this survey (i.e., means and frequency distributions) to help him better understand the views of the readers of the Wildlife News. The other data will be used to help us develop measures for the upcoming survey.

      For those few social scientists lurking about–we will definitely not be making any claims about any particular population (beyond the readers of wildlife blogs, anyway). 😉

      Thanks again for participating!

      Jeremy Bruskotter

      1. Phil Avatar

        JB: I am a lifer of hating Ohio State, as I am a Michigan man (Go Blue). But, this was an excellent questionnaire. Thank you for making it.

      2. JB Avatar

        Phil: I grew up in Michigan and attended three Michigan Universities for my undergraduate degree (CMU, FSU, & WMU). Fortunately for me, I was never a football fan so the transition really wasn’t a problem. 😉

        Thanks for participating!

      3. Phil Avatar

        No problem JB.

      4. Ralph Maughan Avatar


        We will appreciate that. I had thought of doing a web survey of our readers/participants. This will certainly be much better.

      5. JB Avatar

        Thanks, Ralph. Just checked and we now have 237 responses and climbing. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed!

  2. Immer Treue Avatar
    Immer Treue


    It will be interesting to see the results. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Doryfun Avatar

    I too will find it interesting to see the results, specially when I am wondering how researchers are determining who is knowledgable enough about wolves, to send the survey to. Even trying to determine the level of interest one has for the subject seems pretty subjective. So, as a matter of curiosity, I am wondering (and guessing) if this survey is just directed at the extremes from both sides, and where are those people selected from?? And if so, how does this reflect the public at large? or is it applicable to such? And does it matter?

    I also found the questions involving all the emoti-cons with a range of facial expressions and corresponding feelings they represented, quite hard to answer.

    Social science is interesting in itself.

    1. JB Avatar

      Thanks, Doryfun. The intent of this portion of the study is to reach a motivated and/or knowledgeable group of individuals. Note, although we do have some items designed to assess factual knowledge about wolves, we are more interested in people who are knowledgeable about the wolf issue (we also have included items to assess issue importance).

      The survey definitely does NOT reflect the broader public, most of whom are uninformed about these issues. As you have guessed, we expect people who encounter and answer this survey to be on the extremes of the issue–in fact, that was one reason why we wanted to recruit on blogs. I don’t want to say too much more for fear of biasing people who choose to fill out the questionnaire; however, if Ralph permits, I will include a detailed summary of study objectives and hypotheses once we close out the study.

      Also, if anyone knows of people who have strong views about these issues (i.e., carnivore/wolf conservation and endangered species restoration), please feel free to pass the link along via email.

      1. Doryfun Avatar

        Thanks JB,
        For the clarifications and hopefully Ralph with ok the detailed summary, later on. Will be interesting. Will that include info like how many radicals on both extremes participated in the survey?

      2. JB Avatar

        I’ll let Ralph Determine what he wants to post here. However, we will be running some analyses over the next few months and I promise to update here once we’re reasonably confident in our results–and our interpretation.

      3. Ralph Maughan Avatar

        We will be very generous posting JB’s results

  4. Virginia Avatar

    I could not get past the point of 33% completion. Wonder what I did wrong?

    1. Ice Avatar

      Virginia I had the same problem

      1. JB Avatar

        One other person said the same thing… what browser and version are you using?

      2. Immer Treue Avatar
        Immer Treue

        Check where the answer was a percent. All you are to do is put in a positive whole number, not with the % sign. I got hung up there for a few minutes befoe I figured it out. That was right around the 33% completion mark.

      3. JB Avatar

        Great! I’ll modify the instructions asap to make note of it.

      4. jon Avatar

        JB, what exactly is it you hope to find out with this survey? I filled it out yesterday. thanks

      5. JB Avatar

        Thanks, Jon. I was wondering how we got so many response from Washington State.

  5. Virginia Avatar

    Thanks for the tip – I was able to complete the survey. It was quite interesting!

    1. JB Avatar

      Great, we are desperately short on female respondents!

      1. Virginia Avatar

        That seems strange to me!

      2. Woody Avatar

        I had problems early in the survey at the point after the first “what is your opinion” position, backed up, hit the next a few times, and eventually it went on from there with no problem; when finished, I used the “back” in the survey to return to the beginning to fill in the early questions as they had been wiped out up to the original glitch.

  6. Rick Hammel Avatar
    Rick Hammel

    Great survey! I will be interested in seeing the results. The results should be made available to all of the US Congress

  7. JB Avatar

    Just wanted to mention that if anybody has ideas for additional items to include in the final mail survey, please let me know!

  8. JB Avatar

    I just checked and we have over 700 people who began the survey, almost 600 completed surveys. I never expected that kind of response… Thanks to all who participated! I will post results, as soon as we’ve got things sorted out.



    1. Kathy Sanders Avatar
      Kathy Sanders

      Is the survey still open? Thanks.

      1. Kathy Sanders Avatar
        Kathy Sanders

        Never mind. I see that it is.

    2. Salle Avatar

      I sent the link to some folks, I think others have done the same…

  9. vickif Avatar

    I know your gearing this toward carnivores. The question presented about economic loss was good to include. But it might be advantageous to include a few questions regarding “if preventative measures were take”, is in then appropriate to take lethal action.
    The verbage about removal might be a tad more specific, or perhaps a question…should they be relocated, or exterminated, should be included. Most of us here know there is really not much diversion when it comes to wolves., or middle ground action.

    I think what is done to protect private property, and pets, should impact action taken.
    Just a suggestion. But I was impressed with the varietu offered in the questions and the fact that social and familia impact was examined.

  10. vickif Avatar

    Wow, I should NEVER type without my glasses on. So, I apologize for all my typos.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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