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Research article2019Peer reviewedOpen access

Effects of carnivore presence on hunting lease pricing in South Sweden

Mensah, Justice Tei; Persson, Jens; Kjellander, Petter; Elofsson, Katarina


Carnivore conservation is considered essential because the species offer significant benefits to biodiversity. However, their predation on ungulates reduces ungulate populations with subsequent effects on hunters' harvests and welfare. In this paper, we use the hedonic price method to estimate the effects of large carnivores on hunting lease prices. We disentangle the impact of carnivores through their effect on game harvest from their effect on hunters' preferences. Results reveal that lynx impose a significant economic cost to owners of hunting rights due to the predation of game. On average, the implicit cost of an additional lynx family is SEK 1.51 million (EUR 0.162 million) per year, and with 95% certainty, the cost per lynx family is at least SEK 340 thousand (EUR 36.6 thousand) per year.

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Forest Policy and Economics
2019, Volume: 106, article number: 101942
Publisher: ELSEVIER