This paper analyses the ways in which human knowledge of the golden jackal (Canis aureus) is formed in the case of a rural community of the Romanian Danube Delta. We focus on the territory where humans and jackals overlap and, by using wildlife monitoring alongside interviews and participant observation with humans, we detail how villagers come to have a particularly negative view of this resident canid. Foregrounding the jackal’s highly symbolic nature, we trace the development of the community’s knowledge of this animal via historical, ecological and geographical factors. Finally, we recommend ways in which our findings could be used in future management plans and draw out the implications for future rewilding practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-691
Number of pages27
JournalEnvironmental Values
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

    Research areas

  • golden jackal, human ecology, conservation social science, rewilding, political ecology, human wildlife conflict, perceptions of wilderness

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