Hendra Virus, flying foxes and people management
Peter’s PhD was on the human dimensions of wildlife management. By the time rangers, irrate community members and animal enthusiasts lock horns about a wildlife problem, the problem is usually enveloping other community issues. At their core these issues arise from a feeling of powerless in the presence of an apparently faceless bureacracy or social changes that have made permanent changes to land use patterns. By the time it has hit the headlines, educating people to stay away from dingos or chill out about flying foxes will not calm the situation.
Understanding the core reasons for the conflict and giving people concrete actions which they can take is essential to manage the people behind the wildlife problems.
Peter was invited to Brisbane in June 2011 to contribute to finding practical solutions to reduce the real and imagined risks arising from the Hendra virus outbreak.