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Questionable policy for large carnivore hunting

Creel, S. and Becker, M. and Christianson, D. and Droge, E. and Hammerschlag, N. and Hayward, M.W. and Karanth, U. and Loveridge, A. and Macdonald, D.W. and Matandiko, W. and M'soka, J. and Murray, D. and Rosenblatt, E. and Schuette, P. (2015) Questionable policy for large carnivore hunting. Science, 350 (6267). pp. 1473-1475. DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4768

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Abstract

Terrestrial large carnivores have great ecological, economic and cultural importance, but are in global decline due to habitat loss, prey depletion, poaching, retributive killing and regulated hunting. While regulated carnivore hunting potentially reduces conflict with humans and livestock, increases social tolerance and provides revenue for conservation, it can also drive population declines. Some policies regulating carnivore hunting acknowledge and address negative effects on demography and population dynamics, but others do not. Using wolves as an example, we identify four aspects of hunting policy that do not align well with ecological theory and data, and suggest resolutions for these problems that have broad relevance to exploited carnivore populations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 02:33
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2016 03:12
ISSN: 0036-8075
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5488
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4768
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
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