Bushmeat hunting in the Congo Basin: an assessment of impacts and options for mitigation

  title={Bushmeat hunting in the Congo Basin: an assessment of impacts and options for mitigation},
  author={David S. Wilkie and Julia F. Carpenter},
  journal={Biodiversity \& Conservation},
Hunting of wild animals is an important component of household economies in the Congo Basin. Results from the growing corpus of quantitative studies show that: a) bushmeat remains the primary source of animal protein for the majority of Congo Basin families; b) bushmeat hunting can constitute a significant source of revenue for forest families; c) bushmeat consumption by low density populations living in the forest may be sustainable at present; d) demand for bushmeat by growing numbers of… 

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    Environmental Conservation
  • 1996
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    Environmental Conservation
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