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Title of the project

Hunting of small carnivores in order to protect bird species

Description

To protect the breeding of water birds, grouses and other protected bird species, and to improve surviving of other indigenous species.

Subtargets:
1) to increase the value of natural furs (comparing to farming furs) for economical purposes. Name of the project: Alien carnivore species project (2010-2012).
2) Prevent the spreading of fox mange/scab.

By hunting small carnivores

Results

The breeding rate of different bird species increases.
There is less competition for indigenous species, e.g. weasel (Mustela nivalis) and European mink (Mustela lutreola). There is a smaller mortality of pray species due to smaller amount of predators.
There is a decrease of rabies risks and other diseases.

Location

Country Finland
Level Local
Site Projects at local and national levels.
National and ongoing process (every year)
Region Projects at local and national levels.
National and ongoing process (every year)

Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland, Wetland

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species, Protected species, Abundant species, Invasive Alien species
Species Type Mammals, Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species Grouse
Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
American mink (Neovison vison)
Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Pine marten (Martes martes)
Stoat (Mustela erminea)
European polecat (Mustela putorius)
Badger (Meles meles)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)

Partners

Leading partners The process has no leading organisation.
It is an ongoing process where hunters can hunt and trap on their own.
Projects have different leading organisations.
Small scale competitions are conducted by local hunting groups.

Weblinks

http://www.riista.fi/index.php?mag_nr=12&group=00000154

http://www.metsastajaliitto.fi/?q=node/133