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Thursday, August 9 • 3:00pm - 3:20pm
SYMPOSIA-08: Use of Wild Harvested Meat in Sweden: Bush Meat as a Modern Way of Subsistence

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AUTHORS: Göran Ericsson, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; Fredrik Widemo, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden and Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management; Camilla Sandström, Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Sweden

ABSTRACT: The Swedish model of forest and wildlife management has been a conservation success by restoring cover, food and hunted species of wildlife over the last 150 years, including 4 species of deer: moose (Alces alces), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), red deer (Cervus elaphus), and fallow deer (Dama dama). Key components of the model are strong focus of commonality and efficiency, utilitarian use and sustainability [1]. Commonality and efficiency resulted in hunters organizing in teams based on long lasting land tenures, which in turn enabled a sustainable flow of wild-harvested into to the society either via social networks or legally sold on the consumer market. The flow of wild-harvested meat has increased commensurate with increases in deer abundance and an increase of hunters since World War II. Various market mechanisms exist in Sweden to allow hunters and landowners to sell deer meat into formal markets as opposed to the North American practices of banning commercial uses of wildlife.  Previous studies found that social networks are the main source of wildlife-harvested meat, yet market channels are important for those consumers without connections to hunting or hunters [2, 3]. Using national, regional and local survey data in combination with data on harvested deer species we explore the relative contribution of meat from various species of deer, relationships between household use of wild-harvested meat, sources of meat, and subsequent attitudes towards hunters, hunting, and wildlife management in general. We disentangle the effect of distribution channel – hunter provided or f consumer market – and which source (species) of meat are most influential on people’s attitudes. and if households with a member being an active hunter differs from those with connection to hunting.

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Thursday August 9, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm MDT
Assembly Hall A

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