The study conducted at the Department of Zoology, University of Gothenburg, shows how Swedes feel about protective hunting of animals that may cause various problems. The results of the study, based on a survey mailed to 3000 representative Swedes, of which 1751 responded, point to an interesting paradox: the support for general control of wild animals in Sweden is low - while there is rather strong support for hunting aimed to protect threatened species.
According to the study, around 30 percent of all Swedes want to limit the distribution and number of wolves to a very large or fairly large extent - which is similar to how they feel about control of minks, crows and gulls. The support for a limitation decreases with age and is lower among people residing in urban areas.
'The results suggest that information on the reasons for protective hunting is very important, as is clear information on which species are involved. This pertains especially to protective hunting in urban regions,' says Daniel Isaksson, PhD, Department of Zoology, University of Gothenburg.Contact
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