Behaviour 2019
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The rules of attraction: the necessary role of animal cognition in wildlife management
Daniel T. Blumstein1, Alison L. Greggor2, Oded Berger-Tal3. 1Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States; 2Recovery Ecology, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global, San Diego, CA, United States; 3Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Midreshet Ben-Gurion, , Israel

Integrating knowledge and principles of animal behavior into wildlife conservation and management has led to some concrete successes, but has also failed to improve conservation outcomes in other cases. Many conservation interventions involve attempts to either attract or repel animals, which we refer to as approach/avoidance issues. These attempts can be reframed as issues of manipulating the decisions animals make, which are driven by their perceptual abilities and attentional biases, as well as the value animals attribute to current stimuli and past learned experiences. These processes all fall under the umbrella of animal cognition. Here, we highlight rules that emerge when considering approach/avoidance conservation issues through the lens of cognitive based management. For each rule, we review relevant conservation successes and failures to better predict the conditions where behavior can be manipulated, and suggest how to avoid future failures.