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Reconceptualizing the Animal Pest

ENVS 314
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Certificates: Environmental Studies
Course Cluster: Animal Studies

This class will explore what it means--for society, for science, and for the animal--to designate and target a species as "pest animal" in the 21st century. As a case study, we will examine "the coyote as pest" in North America from a variety of perspectives--including the ecological, historical, geographical, legal, and cultural. In addition to examining the coyote in these contexts, we will challenge the status of pest in two key ways: (1) by scrutinizing the conservation science that influences the policy and practice of coyote management, (2) by using concepts of animal welfare science to develop a more compassionate and individual animal-based approach to mitigate wildlife-human conflicts. A major component of this class will be the generation of a joint report that integrates the information gleaned from an examination of the relevant literature and includes specific recommendations on how to reconceptualize "the coyote as pest."
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ENVS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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