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Hunting patterns in tropical forests adjoining the Hkakaborazi National Park, north Myanmar

  • Madhu Rao (a1) (a2), Than Myint (a3), Than Zaw (a3) and Saw Htun (a3)

Abstract

Hunting for subsistence and trade constitute a major threat to wildlife populations within and outside protected areas in Myanmar. We examined hunting patterns in a forested landscape adjoining the Hkakaborazi National Park in north Myanmar with the aim of generating recommendations to manage hunting. The results described here focus on two issues: the significance of proximity to settlements and markets for prey abundance, and the influence of relative abundance and intrinsic preference on prey offtake. We used strip transect and camera trap surveys to generate relative abundance indices and overall encounter/capture rates for commonly hunted species at four sites that differed in their proximity to settlements and large trading towns. Questionnaires were used to obtain meal records and information on hunting. Encounter and capture rates for hunted species appear to be inversely related to proximity to villages as well as to large, commercial towns. Hunting is indiscriminate, with offtake determined largely by relative abundance rather than intrinsic preference or legislation. Specific management and policy recommendations include the need to monitor the impacts of hunting on vulnerable species, the demarcation of no-take areas, and modification of the legal framework for wildlife conservation.

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Correspondence: Department of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. E-mail mrao@wcs.org

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Hunting patterns in tropical forests adjoining the Hkakaborazi National Park, north Myanmar

  • Madhu Rao (a1) (a2), Than Myint (a3), Than Zaw (a3) and Saw Htun (a3)

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