Balancing income and cost in red deer management

Anders Skonhoft, Vebjørn Veiberg, Asle Gauteplass, Jon Olaf Olaussen, Erling L. Meisingset and Atle Mysterud in Journal of Environmental Management

Anders Skonhoft, Vebjørn Veiberg, Asle Gauteplass, Jon Olaf Olaussen, Erling L. Meisingset and Atle Mysterud

This paper presents a bioeconomic analysis of a red deer population within a Norwegian institutional context. This population is managed by a well-defined manager, typically consisting of many landowners operating in a cooperative manner, with the goal of maximizing the present-value hunting related income while taking browsing and grazing damages into account. The red deer population is structured in five categories of animals (calves, female and male yearlings, adult females and adult males). It is shown that differences in the per-animal meat values and survival rates (‘biological discounted’ values) are instrumental in determining the optimal harvest composition. Fertility plays no direct role. It is argued that this is a general result working in stage-structured models with harvest values. In the numerical illustration it is shown that the optimal harvest pattern stays quite stable under various parameter changes. It is revealed which parameters and harvest restrictions that is most important. We also show that the current harvest pattern involves too much yearling harvest compared with the economically efficient level.

Volume 115, 30 January 2013, Pages 179–188

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