Thank you for participating in this short survey about raccoons in the Greater Toronto Area!
The goal of this study is to get input from members of the public on the impact of raccoons in the urban environment. Data from the study will be used to inform public policy, and to improve wildlife management in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). You will be asked to complete 10 short questions about your view on raccoons in the region. This should take no more than 5 minutes. We will also ask you some basic demographic questions (age, sex, general geographic location, pet ownership). These will help us determine if there are differences in attitudes and raccoon contact-- across the various neighbourhoods of the GTA.
We do not foresee any risks or discomfort from your participation in the research. Your participation in the study is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop participating at any time. Your decision to stop participating, or to refuse to answer particular questions, will not affect your relationship with the researchers or York University. In the event you withdraw from the study, all associated data will be immediately deleted. All information you supply during the research will be held in confidence and you will remain anonymous to the researchers. Your data will be safely stored and backed up and only the researchers will have access to this information. The data will be archived for seven years, and then completely deleted. No names or email addresses will be gathered.
Questions About the Research? If you have questions about the research in general or about your role in the study, please feel free to contact Dr. Suzanne MacDonald (email@example.com). This research has been reviewed and approved by the Human Participants Review Sub-Committee, York University’s Ethics Review Board and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines. If you have any questions about this process, or about your rights as a participant in the study, please contact the Sr. Manager & Policy Advisor for the Office of Research Ethics, 5th Floor, York Research Tower, York University (telephone 416-736-5914 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
By beginning the survey, you acknowledge that you have read the above information and agree to participate in this research, with the knowledge that you are free to withdraw your participation at any time without penalty.
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