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dc.contributor.advisorMoritz, Mark
dc.contributor.advisorGarabed, Rebecca
dc.creatorOruganti, Pallavi
dc.descriptionSocial and Behavioral Sciences: 3rd Place (The Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum)en_US
dc.description.abstractEthnographic research is critical to understanding the human dimensions of wildlife diseases and management, as it allows us to understand the potential social contributors of disease transmission in specific populations. Hunters play a significant role in the ecology of wildlife disease because of their relationship with wildlife, especially in light of outbreaks of diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease in whitetail deer. The aim of this project is to examine how hunters shape the ecology of infectious diseases. Specifically, this project examines how Ohio hunters’ knowledge, attitudes and practices affect risk exposure. Ethnographic methods including semi-structured interviews and grounded theory were used to collect and analyze data about hunters’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards disease. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty-one hunters from Southeast Ohio and surrounding areas, and an online survey was distributed to a random sample of licensed Ohio hunters. Preliminary analyses suggest that hunters learn about wildlife disease through word-of-mouth, hunting publications and online sources, and that hunting practices are informed by these sources. However, hunters perceive low to no risk of exposure to infectious diseases. The results of this research allow us to better understand the role of hunters in the ecology of infectious wildlife diseases and allow us to identify interventions that would most effectively inform hunters about wildlife diseases and how to modify hunting practices as to minimize their risk of exposure to infectious diseases.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundation Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EEID) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Granten_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOSU Undergraduate Research Office Summer Education Research Granten_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries2016 Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. 21sten_US
dc.subjectone healthen_US
dc.subjectinfectious diseaseen_US
dc.subjecthuman animal interactionsen_US
dc.titleHunters' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice towards Wildlife Disease in Ohioen_US
dc.rights.ccAttribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United Statesen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Anthropological Sciencesen_US

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