AREAL: Red deer habitat (completed)
Natural and farmed habitat as a basis for production of red deer in Norway
About the project
The project will provide a basis to predict the potential for production of red deer based on detailed knowledge of the natural and farmed habitat as well as detailed studies of red deer habitat use in multiple areas. The yield of red deer reached 27600 in 2005. Red deer thus constitute the 2nd most important game species, and the one with the fastest increase in yield. The potential income from deer hunting is therefore increasing, particularly along the west coast. Here, landowners often have their main income from livestock. Due to recent decreased income from livestock, red deer hunting may become an important addition to traditional land use. We know that red deer damage agricultural pastures, but not how much red deer use farmed habitat relative to natural habitat and how this affects production parameters of the deer. Due to migration, management often comes short in preventing substantial biases between the red deer related costs and benefits experienced among landowners. Similar problems of cost-benefit distribution have been explored in detail for moose. We aim to use the results to parameterize a bioeconomical model to also be valid for the challenges faced by the red deer management, thereby providing the potential for changing farming practises and to go for red deer hunting as a livelihood. Funding from the user side to mark red deer with GPS collars is already granted. Deer production data is available from NINA. We lack relevant habitat maps to be linked to the GPS- and production data. The expertise of making such maps exists at HiT, the skills of marking deer is held by the user side, while analytical skills exist at UiO together with their international collaborators. The economic part will be done in collaboration with economists at the NTNU. We believe this project will provide essential knowledge on the potential for production of red deer in traditional farmland areas, in particular along the west coast were other good alternatives are scarce.
This project funded by the Research Council of Norway
Start: 1.1.2007. End: 31.12.2011.