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Paying for an Endangered Predator Leads to Population Recovery

Persson, Jens and Rauset, Geir Rune and Chapron, Guillaume (2015). Paying for an Endangered Predator Leads to Population Recovery. Conservation Letters. 8:5, 345-350
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Abstract

Keeping viable predator populations on a human-dominated planet will require innovative approaches that promote local coexistence with human activities. Conservation performance payments, which are linked specifically to the production of a desired environmental output, have received increasing attention but their effectiveness in predator conservation remains undocumented. Here, we show that paying Sami reindeer herders for wolverine (Gulo gulo) reproductions has been instrumental in the recovery of wolverines in Sweden. Adult female wolverines were significantly less exposed to illegal killing and this allowed the population to more than double in a decade. We argue that this program provides protection for adult female wolverines through a combination of direct monetary value and indirect protection because of monitoring activities. The program's success, even in a system where livestock is the main prey for the predator, reveals an exceptional potential for future implementations in large carnivore conservation.

Authors/Creators:Persson, Jens and Rauset, Geir Rune and Chapron, Guillaume
Title:Paying for an Endangered Predator Leads to Population Recovery
Series/Journal:Conservation Letters (1755-263X)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:8
Number:5
Page range:345-350
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:Wiley Periodicals, Inc
ISSN:1755-263X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Zoology
Keywords:Conservation, large carnivore, wolverine, Gulo gulo, conservation performance payments
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3240
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3240
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000363728900006
DOI10.1111/conl.12171
ID Code:13085
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:23 Feb 2016 07:57
Metadata Last Modified:04 Mar 2016 15:03

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