Canadian Report Details Hunting Economics
A Library of Parliament Report was released on August 17, 2006, titled The Benefits of Firearms Ownership ? Hunting & Wildlife Management. It outlines the benefits to society of gun ownership. The report provides census statistics on hunting and money spent on big game and fishing activities. Though information is somewhat dated, it states that sport hunting attracted 1.2 million Canadians in 1996 and sustained 14,200 jobs. Hunters spent over $823.8 million on their sport. There is a trend of declining hunting participation since 1970s. This is due to higher costs, more restrictive gun laws, fewer people living close to hunting areas and an increasing range of other leisure activities. The trend has been viewed with concern, because hunting has been one instrument for maintaining a balance between human needs and animal populations.
Conservation Success in Siberia
A recent visit to the Sayano-Shushensky hunting area in Siberia has given renewed hope to strong conservation projects in the former Soviet Union. Sayano-Shushensky is one of the few areas that have developed a conservation management plan and is one of the pioneers to develop tourist hunting in Russia as a business focus. It is actively collecting data on the animals harvested as well as systematically collecting wildlife population trend data in sample survey areas.
The hunting area consists of more than 320,000 hectares and has a well developed infrastructure to host foreign hunters. They currently host about 50 hunters per year. Most of the hunters are from Europe and Russia but they are reaching out to the U.S. as well. The primary game species are Siberian Ibex, Maral Deer, Roe deer, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Lynx, and Capercaile.
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