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A longitudinal comparison of activities and motives of Vermont trappers: 1994, 2000, and 2005Author(s): Rodney R. Zwick; Bob Muth; David Solan
Source: In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 24-32.
Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionFew longitudinal studies in the human dimensions of wildlife examine changes in values, motivations, and behavior of those involved in resource harvesting activities. To contribute to this literature, this replicated study assesses changes in sociocultural characteristics, motives, and behavior of Vermont trappers from 1994 to 2005. Differences were found in expenditures, income, socialization into trapping, and the use of institutional resources to learn about trapping. Principle components analysis reduced the 25 motivation responses from each of the three survey years to five components, which showed considerable consistency. These components were used in a subsequent K-means cluster analysis to develop a typology of Vermont trappers. The three types (i.e., Wildlife- oriented Lifestyle, Uncaptured Motivation, and Committed) were used in two- way MANOVA used to examine the effect of year (1994, 2000, and 2005) and trapper type on total days participating in trapping and total species of furbearers harvested. The analysis indicated a significant main effect of both year and type on the dependent variable.
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CitationZwick, Rodney R.; Muth, Bob; Solan, David. 2007. A longitudinal comparison of activities and motives of Vermont trappers: 1994, 2000, and 2005. In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 24-32.
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