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Noss, A. J.;Cuellar, R. L.
Community attitudes towards wildlife management in the Bolivian Chaco
Journal Article
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The process of community wildlife management in the Izozog area of the Bolivian Chaco began with participatory field research - self-monitoring of hunting activities and research on key game species. On-going discussions in community meetings have elicited seven wildlife management recommendations: (1) establishing hunting zones, (2) hunting only adults, (3) hunting only males during the reproductive season, (4) hunting only for the family's needs, (5) hunting only abundant animals, (6) protecting plants that are important to wildlife, and (7) prohibiting hunting by outsiders. We compare community attitudes towards these management measures. A majority of communities favour, in decreasing order, measures 7, 4, 6 and 1, communities are divided with respect to measures 2 and 3, and most communities oppose measure 5. Two socio-economic characteristics of communities - location and ethnicity are associated with patterns of attitudes towards wildlife management among communities, whereas religion, economic activity and community size are not. Izoceno communities are currently reinterpreting traditional beliefs both to support and to oppose active wildlife management measures.
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