Conservation Criminology: estimating wolf poaching intention

Finally, after 4 years of waiting, our book chapter on estimating intentions to poach wolves has been published! In Chapter 11 of the new book Conservation Criminology, we evaluate whether hunters and farmers who had come into contact with wolves had the ability and inclination to poach wolves. We find that hunters were more inclined to poach wolves than farmers, even though farmers may have suffered a loss of livestock to wolves. The reason for this is because farmers might not have had their gun with them or it had not been loaded when they had seen a wolf.

Our findings indicate the importance of understanding not just attitudes towards wolves as a way of estimating poaching intent, but also including a person's skill and opportunity to shoot a wolf. You might really hate wolves, but if you don't own a gun, or if you've left it at home when you chance upon a wolf, you might never get the opportunity to kill it.

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