Ban private ownership of hunted mammals
Overall effectiveness category Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence)
Number of studies: 1
Background information and definitions
The hunting of some animals may be driven by demand from collectors who purchase animal skins or furs. Banning such private ownership may reduce incentives for hunting.
Supporting evidence from individual studies
A before-and-after study in 1922–1932 in Sweden (Swenson et al. 1995) found that after the banning of private ownership of hunted bears, fewer brown bears Ursus arctos were reported killed. Fewer brown bears were reported killed during the five years after the private ownership of hunted bears was banned (average 0.8 bears/county/year) than during the five years before the ban (8.2 bears/county/year). All killed brown bears became state property in 1927. Numbers of bears killed in 1922-1932 were obtained from national harvesting records.Study and other actions tested