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The impact of lynx and wolf on roe deer hunting benefits in Sweden

Elofsson, Katarina and Häggmark, Tobias (2021). The impact of lynx and wolf on roe deer hunting benefits in Sweden. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies. 23 , 683-719
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Large carnivores provide ecosystem and cultural benefts but also impose costs on hunters due to the competition for game. The aim of this paper was to identify the marginal impact of lynx (Lynx lynx) and wolf (Canis lupus) on the harvest of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in Sweden and the value of this impact. We applied a production function approach, using a bioeconomic model where the annual number of roe deer harvested was assumed to be determined by hunting efort, abundance of predators, availability of other game, and winter severity. The impact of the predators on the roe deer harvests was estimated econometrically, and carnivore marginal impacts were derived. The results showed that if the roe deer resource was harvested under open access, the marginal cost in terms of hunting values foregone varied between diferent counties, and ranged between 18,000 and 58,000 EUR for an additional lynx family, and 79,000 and 336,000 EUR for an additional wolf individual. Larger marginal costs of the wolf, in terms of the impact on roe deer hunting, were found in counties where the hunting efort was high and the abundance of moose (Alces alces) was low. If instead, hunters could exert private property rights to the resource, the average marginal cost was about 20% lower than it would have been if there was open access, and the diference in wolf impact between counties with high and low moose density was smaller. Together, results suggest that the current plan for expanding the wolf population in south Sweden can be associated with a substantial cost.

Authors/Creators:Elofsson, Katarina and Häggmark, Tobias
Title:The impact of lynx and wolf on roe deer hunting benefits in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Environmental Economics and Policy Studies
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:683-719
Number of Pages:37
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
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
Keywords:human-large carnivore confiict, Lynx, predation, production function approach, wolves
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ID Code:26808
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
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Deposited On:24 Jan 2022 11:25
Metadata Last Modified:24 Jan 2022 11:31

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