Action: Ban private ownership of hunted mammals
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- One study evaluated the effects of banning private ownership of hunted mammals. This study was in Sweden.
COMMUNITY RESPONSE (0 STUDIES)
POPULATION RESPONSE (1 STUDY)
- Survival (1 study): A before-and-after study in Sweden found that fewer brown bears were reported killed after the banning of private ownership of hunted bears.
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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.