Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Criminal Justice

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dustin Osborne

Committee Members

Larry Miller, Chris Rush


The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions of poaching within the Southern Appalachian Region. To date, little research has been conducted on the general topic of poaching and no studies have focused on this Region. Several research questions were pursued, including perceptions of poacher motivations, methods and concern regarding apprehension and punishment. The study gathered data through qualitative interviews with 27 conservation officers and outdoorsmen located in Southern Appalachia to address these questions. Results provided useful information regarding the unique characteristics of the poaching problem within the Region, which are discussed in detail. Implications and directions for future research are also covered.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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