Understanding Exurban Residents' Tolerance for the Florida Panther

Elizabeth Pienaar

University of Florida

Elizabeth Pienaar is an Assistant Professor (Environmental Economics and Human Dimensions of Wildlife) in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida.  She received her PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California - Davis.  Her primary research objectives include: 1) using environmental economics methodologies to identify and examine priority wildlife and resource management issues, including the valuation of wildlife, habitat and ecosystem services, and the design of incentives to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat on private lands;2) assessing public perceptions related to human-wildlife interactions, and people’s willingness to engage in appropriate actions to mitigate conflicts with wildlife; and3) determining how government and non-government agencies may better engage with stakeholders to attain conservation outcomes.


The recovery of the Florida panther depends on range expansion through the state of Florida and into the southeastern United States. Inevitably, as the panther returns to its historic range, human-panther conflicts will... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Phillip Rodgers (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
  2. Elizabeth Pienaar (University of Florida)

Topic Areas

Topics: Engaging with the Public , Topics: Human-Wildlife Conflict , Topics: Cognitive Research (Values, Attitudes, Behaviors)


W-2B » HWC: Big Cats II Americas (10:00 - Wednesday, 20th September, Assembly Hall B)

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