Working with hunters to avoid lynx poaching

Published: 01 May 2020
Last edited: 01 May 2020

Several information meetings were organized for the hunters, which made it possible to maintain a working group on the relations between hunting and lynx. A mediation project with Northern Vosges hunters to improve lynx acceptance is underway. The objectives of this mediation are to avoid any act of poaching, to improve hunters' acceptance of the lynx and to raise awareness about the overall management of the forest.

Classifications

Category
Co-management building
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Implementation

Enabling factors

A sociological study of hunters' representations of lynx. The study was conducted with a wide range of people. This study has shown that even though a majority of hunters have fears about the lynx for deer, new hunters are willing to accept it to hunt the image of the hunt.

Lessons learned

This work with the hunters has shown that it is necessary to work at two levels: individual mediation with the maximum of local hunters and a mediation with the representatives of associations to see how the lynx is an opportunity or a risk.