As a psychologist with special concern for public attitudes toward beaver (Castor canadensis) management, I read with interest the Siemer, Jonker, Becker, and Organ article appearing in your spring issue (Siemer et al. 2013). I was surprised to see that the article was based on data >10 years old and that the report did not even mention the Needham and Morzillo (2011) survey from Oregon that looked at such parallel issues with contrasting results. I was especially disheartened to see that the study did not address in any way the successful use of flow devices that has made such a huge impact on public opinion of beaver problems. Certainly, as more stakeholders realize that there are options beyond the dichotomy of tolerance and trapping, opinions will continue to evolve.
"Comment on Siemer et al. (2013),"
Human–Wildlife Interactions: Vol. 7
, Article 14.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/hwi/vol7/iss2/14