The public and geese: a conflict on the rise?

Louise Eriksson*, Maria Johansson, Johan Månsson, Steven Redpath, Camilla Sandström, Johan Elmberg

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Wild geese are increasing in agricultural and urban settings across Europe, leading to widespread human–geese interactions. This study examined how the public’s acceptance of geese (attitude and acceptance capacity) varied depending on place dimensions, interactions with geese in different settings (place-based experience), and psychological factors, including wildlife value orientations, beliefs about the ecosystem services and disservices geese provide, and emotions. A survey was conducted in two municipalities with large goose populations in Sweden; Kristianstad and Örebro (n = 898). Results revealed a favorable view of the occurrence of geese, although a substantial share believed the number of geese was too high. Place-based experiences of geese were correlated with acceptance (e.g., more experience on beaches was associated with a negative attitude) and the importance of psychological factors for acceptance was confirmed. The study highlights the need to consider the public’s experiences of geese for sustainable goose management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-437
Number of pages17
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Issue number5
Early online date16 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2020

Bibliographical note

We are very grateful for the comments on an earlier draft from two anonymous reviewers and the associate editor.

This work was supported by the Umeå Universitet.


  • cognitions
  • emotions
  • place-based experiences
  • public acceptance
  • Wild geese


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