Paying for an endangered predator leads to population recovery

  • Published source details Persson J., Rauset G.R. & Chapron G. (2015) Paying for an endangered predator leads to population recovery. Conservation Letters, 8, 345-350.


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Pay farmers to compensate for losses due to predators/wild herbivores to reduce human-wildlife conflict

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Pay farmers to compensate for losses due to predators/wild herbivores to reduce human-wildlife conflict

    A study in 1996–2011 on tundra in northern Sweden (Persson et al. 2015) found that compensating reindeer herders for losses to wolverines Gulo gulo by paying for successful wolverine reproduction events was associated with an increase in wolverine abundance. The wolverine population grew at an annual rate of 4%. Male wolverines had a higher annual risk of being illegally killed (21%) than did female wolverines (8%), suggesting that payments were a greater disincentive to illegal killing of females. From 1996, payment rates to reindeer herders changed from being dependent on losses to predation to payment for documented wolverine reproductions (irrespective of predation levels). Population demography data were obtained from 95 wolverines (≥2 years old) radio-tracked in 1996–2011.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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