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Title: Science, economics, and rhetoric: environmental advocacy and the wolf reintroduction debate, 1987-1999

Author: Hardy-Short, Dayle C.; Short, C. Brant;

Date: 2000

Source: In: McCool, Stephen F.; Cole, David N.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 2: Wilderness within the context of larger systems; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-2. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 65-72

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Description: This paper examines the arguments employed in the debate over reintroduction of wolves into Idaho, Montana, and the Yellowstone National Park Ecosystem; and in Arizona and New Mexico. The study reviews common rhetorical themes used by advocates and opponents of wolf reintroduction and identifies a significant rhetorical shift in the debate. Advocates opposed to wolf reintroduction have turned to scientific appeals in their efforts to shift public opinion; on the other hand, proponents of reintroduction increasingly use aesthetic arguments and personal narratives in their public discourse.

Keywords: wilderness, endangered species, Canis lupus, wolf reintroduction, politics, conflict, attitudes, public opinion, policy, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico

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Hardy-Short, Dayle C.; Short, C. Brant 2000. Science, economics, and rhetoric: environmental advocacy and the wolf reintroduction debate, 1987-1999. In: McCool, Stephen F.; Cole, David N.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 2: Wilderness within the context of larger systems; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-2. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 65-72

 


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