Past hunting patterns give conservation clues
In this article Martyn Murray of the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, examines historical examples of unsustainable hunting. He states that a number of factors are commonly associated with such events, including vulnerability of animals, new technology and trade.
Murray concludes that conservationists wishing to reduce unsustainable hunting have two options: either make animals harder to market through restrictions on access, trade and the use of modern technology, or provide resource users with a great sense of ownership. He also calls for more emphasis on the role of indigenous peoples in sustaining wildlife resources.
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Reference: Science 299, 1851 (2003)