MANAGING A MIGRATORY SPECIES THAT IS BOTH A VALUE AND PEST
Jon Olaf Olaussen
Wild animals can represent both value and nuisance. We consider the
moose (Alces alces), which due to seasonal migration causes browsing damage
in some areas while creating hunting value in other areas. We first explore
a situation when harvesting, following today's practice in Norway, only
takes place in the fall. Next, the season is extended to include winter
harvesting. It is shown how this redistributes harvesting benefits between
areas and landowners, and under which conditions total net benefit increases.
The model is illustrated by a real life example from the Swe-Nor moose
region some 250 kilometers north of Oslo, Norway.