Attitudes of Mexican citizens about wolf translocation in Mexico

Magdalena Rodriguez, Paul R. Krausman, Warren B. Ballard, Carlos Villalobos, William W. Shaw

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Questionnaires have not been used to determine the attitudes of Mexicans toward the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and its recovery in Mexico. We surveyed Mexican citizens from Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico, and Mexican citizens attending the University of Arizona in Tucson. Questionnaires were distributed at a conference, by mail, and by personal contacts. Respondents were divided into groups based on state of residence and affiliation with the livestock industry or academia. Academics in Chihuahua presented the most positive attitude and highest knowledge scores. Most respondents (63%) were in favor of translocation. Fifty percent of respondents who were against translocation said they would change their minds if compensation for livestock lost to wolves were available. Respondents associated with livestock in Sonora had the highest number of respondents against translocation (36%). Respondents with higher knowledge scores and more positive attitudes toward wolves were more likely to be in favor of translocation. Respondents were concerned that translocated wolves would lead to more livestock losses - a concern that should be addressed prior to translocation. Additional surveys should be conducted in rural areas and administered to the general public to determine their attitudes toward wolves and wolf translocation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-979
Number of pages9
JournalWildlife Society Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Attitudes
  • Canis lupus baileyi
  • Mexican gray wolf
  • Mexico
  • Survey
  • Translocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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