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Declining populations of greater sage-grouse: hunter motivations when numbers are low
Animal Conservation (2015)
  • Mark W. Brunson, Utah State University
  • M R Guttery
  • T A Messmer
  • J D Robinson
  • D K Dahlgren
As a hunted species becomes increasingly rare, the effort required to locate and harvest an individual tends to increase. As rarity increases, governmental oversight, including changes in hunting regulations and protection of habitats and individuals using mechanisms such as the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), can be used to mitigate extinction risks. However, recent research has demonstrated the existence of a feedback mechanism through which increased rarity may increase hunter demand for opportunities to pursue rare species before the opportunity is lost. This phenomenon, referred to as the anthropogenic Allee effect, may exacerbate exploitation, thereby resulting in disproportionally large effects of harvest on vulnerable species. In 2010, the US Fish and Wildlife Service designated greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) as a candidate for listing under the ESA...
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Mark W. Brunson, M R Guttery, T A Messmer, J D Robinson, et al.. "Declining populations of greater sage-grouse: hunter motivations when numbers are low" Animal Conservation (2015)
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