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Browsing damage by moose in Swedish forests: assessments by hunters and foresters

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Abstract:

In Sweden, there is a longstanding conflict between the use of forests for timber production and game for hunting due to browsing damages on young forests. This study examines the assessments of two stakeholder groups regarding browsing damage by moose. The data originated from a mail survey that involved hunters and forest owners in Sweden. The samples were randomly selected from two national registers of hunters and forest owners, respectively. An ordered logit model was used to account for the assessments of severity of moose browsing damage. The results showed that on average, non-forest owning hunters rated the browsing damage on their main hunting ground lower than non-hunting forest owners rated the browsing damage on their forest estate. The respondents who both hunt and own forest had a rating that was intermediate between the former two groups. The ratings were mainly influenced by level of activity in improving game habitat, quantity of moose meat obtained, level of moose on forest estate and the importance of bagging game as well as forest estate size, hunting ground size, and the stakeholder group that the respondents belong. The findings can help in designing strategies for conflict resolution between forestry and hunting for moose.

Keywords: Browsing damage; Sweden; hunting; moose (Alces alces); rating; timber production

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2012.698643

Affiliations: 1: Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 49230 53,Alnarp, Sweden 2: Department of Political Science,Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden 3: Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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