Human appreciation of nature and natural elements is ubiquitous. The role of emotions in human relationships with nature has received increasing attention within environmental psychology, for example by employing constructs such as affinity with nature. Also, researchers are recognizing the importance of studying emotions for understanding human-wildlife interactions (Jacobs, 2009; Johansson & Karlson 2011). Emotions are basic mental processes that underlie and shape, for example, memories, motivation, decision making, and perception. Sudden encounters with wildlife often evoke strong emotions that a person remembers (Jacobs, 2009). Emotion constitutes a potent internal force that drives our attraction to wildlife and our motivation to view wildlife (Manfredo, 2008). Emotion-driven circuits inform decisions about wildlife-related behaviours. Individuals with strong emotional dispositions toward wildlife are more likely to identify wildlife in a complex natural scene (Öhman, Flykt, & Esteves, 2001).The study of emotions toward wildlife is relevant beyond academia. Wildlife policy makers and wildlife managers need to face the challenge of dealing with a public that is often diverse (Sandström & Ericsson, 2009). Emotions towards wildlife are often strong, and may be highly polarized. Acceptable management strategies are therefore often hard to achieve. Understanding these emotions towards wildlife leads to an improved understanding of conflict over wildlife, and is likely to contribute to trust and participation in wildlife management.This symposium brings together scholars who study emotions toward wildlife.Issues that will be discussed include the kind of emotions that are important in relation to wildlife, the measurement of emotions toward wildlife, and the consequences for wildlife policy and management. The discussions will relate to the conference themes: 2. Planning, Design and Evaluation in Human Environments: Person-environment congruence in urban, and atural environments and 3. Policy Implementation and Management: Attitudes, trust, and environmental concern. The symposium will contribute to identifying future theoretical directions, new interdisciplinary perspectives and applications in wildlife management for research into emotions and wildlife. The following presentations will be given:Sandström & Ericsson: Are attitudes towards wolves changing? A case study in SwedenVaske, Jacobs & Fehres: Do emotions toward wildlife have predictive potential next to wildlife value orientations?Jacobs, Vaske & Fehres: Self-report measures of emotional dispositions toward wildlife: reliability and validityFlykt, Johansson, Karlsson & Lindeberg: Physiological and behavioural responses in human fear of brown bear and wolfKarlsson, Johansson & Flykt: Managing human fear of bears and wolves Johansson, Karlsson, Pedersen & Flykt: The feared object in fear of brown bear and wolf