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Socioeconomic drivers of illegal bushmeat hunting in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 -
12:50 to 14:00

Illegal bushmeat hunting of economically and ecologically valuable wildlife populations is common in the wildlife-rich areas of Northern Botswana. Due to the unregulated and hidden nature of illegal hunting, little information exists on the drivers of the bushmeat industry. We conducted interviews with bushmeat hunters and heads of rural households in the Okavango Delta about hunting activities, rural livelihoods, attitudes towards wildlife, and market characteristics of illegal bushmeat. We found that illegal-hunter households (n=119, 25% of the sample) lived in closer proximity to...