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Valuation of large carnivores and regulated carnivore hunting

Lozano Galindez, Julian Eduardo and Elofsson, Katarina and Persson, Jens and Kjellander, Petter (2020). Valuation of large carnivores and regulated carnivore hunting. Journal of Forest Economics. 35 , 337-373
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Large carnivores are keystone species but represent economic costs to hunters. In Sweden, carnivore territories generally overlap with hunting areas, and as a result, conflicts occur because of the competition for prey. The wolf, lynx, and brown bear are protected species by law but are hunted when authorities allocate license hunting quotas. The aim of these quotas is to limit carnivore numbers. We estimate a hedonic model using ordinary least squares to address the effect of large carnivore occurrence on hunting lease prices by accounting for the presence of license hunting quotas for predators. This result is compared with the least absolute deviation estimations, which reduce the influence of outliers in the survey data. To isolate the effect of carnivores on hunting lease prices, we use snow depth and forest productivity as proxy variables for game harvest in the absence of carnivores. Our results show that lynx and wolf presence reduce hunting lease prices, but lynx presence shows higher significance and robustness. Based on median regressions, the marginal implicit price of an additional wolf territory is about 15% larger than that of an additional lynx territory. In contrast, we found no conclusive evidence that bear abundance directly affects hunting lease prices, but regulated bear hunting is found to have a positive and significant impact on hunting leases, suggesting indirect positive net benefits of increased brown bear abundance.

Authors/Creators:Lozano Galindez, Julian Eduardo and Elofsson, Katarina and Persson, Jens and Kjellander, Petter
Title:Valuation of large carnivores and regulated carnivore hunting
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:35
Page range:337-373
Number of Pages:37
ISSN:1104-6899
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Restricted
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Fish and Wildlife Management
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Keywords:large carnivores, licensed carnivore-hunting, least absolute deviations, hunting lease prices, hedonic pricing
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107226
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107226
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1561/112.00000518
ID Code:17602
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:25 Sep 2020 12:00
Metadata Last Modified:25 Sep 2020 12:01

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