Using data from the Elon Poll and from the scientific literature, Gammon et al. show that when humans interact with wildlife, perceptions do not always match reality.
Professor of Biology Dave Gammon, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Amanda Chunco and Jason Husser, associate professor of political science and director of the Elon Poll, published an article together in the May/June issue of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.
They title their popular science article “The Wildlife We Fear.” The article features data from the Elon Poll as well as data on wildlife deaths and injuries. Gammon et al. emphasize in their article that when humans interact with wild animals, perceptions do not always match reality.
If you feel terrified of snakes, sharks, or coyotes, you should definitely read the article. If you find dogs, horses, and deer harmless, you should also read the article. If you want to learn common sense precautions to help you feel safe in the outdoors, you should definitely read the article. In sum, read the article. It’s good.