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How Knowledge of the Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) is Formed: Report from the Danube Delta

Mihnea Tănăsescu, Ștefan Constantinescu

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 665-691. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15579936382545

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This paper analyses the ways in which human knowledge of the golden jackal (Canis aureus) is formed in the case of a rural community of the Romanian Danube Delta. We focus on the territory where humans and jackals overlap and, by using wildlife monitoring alongside interviews and participant observation with humans, we detail how villagers come to have a particularly negative view of this resident canid. Foregrounding the jackal's highly symbolic nature, we trace the development of the community's knowledge of this animal via historical, ecological and geographical factors. Finally, we recommend ways in which our findings could be used in future management plans and draw out the implications for future rewilding practices.


Golden jackal, rewilding, human-wildlife conflict, perceptions of wilderness, conservation social science, political ecology, human ecology

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The Many Meanings of Rewilding: An Introduction and the Case for a Broad Conceptualisation. Andrea R. Gammon

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Editorial: Knowing Your Audience: Exploring the Latent Attitudes and Values of Environmental Stakeholders. Ewan J. Woodley

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