Stakeholders analyze the role of hunting in the management of game species overabundance

    The JCCM and the IREC organize virtual work sessions with several stakeholders to advance the criteria for the management the game species overabundance through hunting


    Overabundance of a game species occurs when its population density is high enough to affect the life or well-being of humans, the condition of the species itself, other species of wildlife and/or the ecosystems that support it.

    The conflicts and problems to which it gives rise include the loss of biodiversity, damage to agriculture, forests and/or infrastructures; traffic accidents resulting from collisions with vehicles, nuisances for humans, transmission of diseases to livestock or humans and changes in the habitat for other species of wildlife.

    The management of overabundant animal populations is essential, but complex, and must consider the opinions of all affected sectors and the cost/benefit balance of the measures to be taken. In this regard, hunting, understood as the use of a renewable natural resource, is positioned as the most reasonable and viable management tool to control the overabundance of certain game species, being essential to establish population management strategies that start from the joint work of scientists, hunters, managers and conservationists.

    This is the scenario for the Work Sessions "The role of hunting in the management of the game species overabundance organized by the Regional Governement of Castilla-La Mancha (JCCM) and the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), which will be held between November 16 and 18, 2020 by videoconference.

    The aim of these working sessions is to advance the criteria for the management of game species overabundance through hunting by performing consensual conclusions among the participants of the working group in order to better manage the problems associated with the overabundance of certain species. For this, various stakeholders that can contribute their point of view in decision-making on hunting management, game species overabundance and the associated damages have been invited to participate.

    Program of the work sessions

    Day 1 (16/11/2020) – Introduction

    • 16: 00-16: 15 h. Opening. Led by José Luis Escudero (Sustainable Development Counselor of the JCCM) and Félix Romero (General Director of Natural Environment and Biodiversity of the JCCM).
    • 16:15-17:00 h. “Introduction to the role of hunting in the management of game species overabundance”. Speaker: Dr. Christian Gortázar (IREC).
    • 17:00-17:30 h. “What do we want to manage, “overabundance” or its “damages/impacts”? The importance of non-ecological aspects to develop socially and environmentally responsible and economically viable management measures”. Speaker: Dra. Beatriz Arroyo (IREC).
    • 17:30-18:00 h. Round of questions, debate and conclusions of the session. Chair: Dr. Rafael Mateo (IREC).

    Day 2 (17/11/2020) – Management of rabbit overabundance

    • 10:00-10:45 h. “Spatio-temporal characterization of rabbit damages and mechanisms for their management”. Speaker: Dr. Carlos Rouco (Universidad de Córdoba).
    • 10:45-11:30 h. “Conflict and cooperation: perceptions of the stakeholders involved on rabbit damage and its management. Implications for the development of coordinated management mechanisms”. Speaker: Dr. Miguel Delibes (IESA-CSIC).
    • 12:00-14:00 h. Round of questions and debate. Chair: Dr. Pablo Ferreras (IREC).
    • 16:00-17:30 h. Panel discussion: “Hunting for the management of rabbit overabundance”. Chair: Dr. Beatriz Arroyo (IREC). With the participation of Agustín Rabadán (FCCLM), Agustín Palomino (ASAJA), Ramón Pérez de Ayala (WWF), Ignacio Mosqueda (Forest Policy Service-JCCM), Llanos Gabaldón (Hunting Service-JCCM) y Nicolás Urbani (RFEC).
    • 18:00-19:00 h. Conclusions. Chair: Dra. Beatriz Arroyo (IREC).

    Day 3 (18/11/2020) – Management of wild boar overabundance

    • 10:00-10:45 h. “Wild boar ecology and determinants of its overabundance”. Speaker: Dr. Joaquín Vicente (IREC).
    • 10:45-11:30 h. “The role of hunting in the management of wild boar overabundance”. Speaker: Dr. Jorge López-Olvera (UAB).
    • 12:00-14:00 h. Round of questions and debate. Chair: Dr. Christian Gortázar (IREC).
    • 16:00-17:30 h. Panel discussion: “Hunting for the management of wild boar overabundance”. Moderator: Nicolás Urbani (RFEC). With the participation of Luis Fernando Villanueva (Artemisan Foundation), José Ramón Montoya (ACODEVAL-FEDEHESA), Miguel Ángel Higuera (ANPROGAPOR), Marta Vigo (Animal Health Service-JCCM), Llanos Gabaldón (Hunting Service-JCCM) and Ana Carricondo (SEO).
    • 18:00-19:00 h. Conclusions. Chair: Nicolás Urbani (RFEC).
    • 19:00 h. Closing of the work sessions. By Fernando Marchán (Deputy Councillor of Environment of the JCCM) and Félix Romero (General Director of Natural Environment and Biodiversity of the JCCM).