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Research article2023Peer reviewedOpen access

The importance of structural, situational, and psychological factors for involving hunters in the adaptive flyway management of geese

Eriksson, Louise; Mansson, Johan; Liljeback, Niklas; Sandstrom, Camilla; Johansson, Maria; Eklund, Ann; Elmberg, Johan


Adaptive flyway management of superabundant geese is emerging as a strategy to reduce damage to agricultural crops and other ecosystem disservices, while also ensuring sustainable use and conservation objectives. Given the calls for intensified hunting as part of flyway management in Europe, we need to increase the understanding of structural, situational, and psychological factors important for goose hunting among hunters. Our survey data, retrieved in southern Sweden, showed a higher potential to intensify hunting among goose hunters than other hunters. In response to hypothetical policy instruments (including regulations, collaborative, and others), hunters declared a minor increase in their intention to hunt geese, with the greatest expected increase among goose hunters should the hunting season be extended. Situational factors (e.g., access to hunting grounds) were associated with goose hunting (frequency, bag size, and intention to increase hunting). In addition, controlled motivation (derived from external pressures or to avoid guilt) and more importantly autonomous motivation (due to hunting being enjoyable or valuable) were along with goose hunter identity positively associated with goose hunting. Hunters' involvement in flyway management may be encouraged by using policy instruments to remove situational barriers and facilitate their autonomous motivation.

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Scientific Reports
2023, Volume: 13, number: 1

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      Fish and Wildlife Management
      Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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