Norwegian research findings
Summary of some of the findings from our research in Norway to date.
The primary research activity in Norway has been related to the sub-project entitled “The cultural meaning of hunting”. Hunting is an extremely important mode of human-nature interaction, but how people think about hunting is closely linked to culture patterns and value systems. To address hunting merely as an interaction between humans and animals, and manage it accordingly, will therefore miss essential dimensions of hunting as a social practice. In spite of this, hunting in modern societies has received limited attention from the social sciences. One of the objectives of HUNT has been to remedy this situation.
Through focus groups and individual interviews involving approximately 80 people (hunters, non-hunters and animal rights activists) we have mapped people’s views on various aspects of hunting in Norway.
A secondary focus has been on the case study of lynx hunting from an ecological and wildlife management perspective. The data collection for this case study has been ongoing for more than 17 years and consists of long term monitoring data, the collection of biological material from animals shot or found dead, and radio-telemetry based field studies.
Within the context of HUNT we have analyzed this data with a view to developing practical tools to help wildlife managers in setting hunting quotas that are sustainable.
Ketil Skogen (Ketil.Skogen@nina.no)
John D. C. Linnell (John.Linnell@nina.no)