HUNTING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
23 November 2020

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The CIC and FACE have compiled a list, by country, summarising the regulatory conditions surrounding hunting in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The list includes only those countries for which CIC or FACE have received information. Please send any updated information, or new country information you might have, to office@cic-wildlife.org. The list will be updated as new information is received.

Neither CIC, nor FACE can be held responsible for the accuracy of the information. It is provided for guidance purposes, only. For those seeking the latest, accurate information for a given country, we encourage you to consult with the relevant authorities in that country.

The latest guidance list can be viewed here.

BENEFITS OF HUNTING

In pursuit of game animals, hunters typically travel away from settlements into more remote areas of the countryside, either alone or in small groups. This makes hunting a rather low risk, yet hugely important activity. Hunting is an effective tool for wildlife management which assists in monitoring wildlife species populations and plays a vital role in ensuring public safety and wellbeing. It has the potential to reduce human-wildlife conflict by keeping wild populations at numbers that do not pose risks to the livelihoods and health of communities living in close proximity with wildlife. One such example is the contribution of recreational hunting to wild boar population control in Europe where, as a result, hunters may provide a service to both the ecosystem and society.[1] Disease occurrence and transmission is rare in well managed and regulated wildlife populations. Keeping wildlife populations within the carrying capacity of their habitats ensures that forestry and agricultural lands as well as the wildlife habitats themselves do not experience excessive levels of game damage. Hunting elevates the value of wildlife and their habitats; thus, many areas are kept as wild and natural instead of being further converted into agricultural fields or other types of land use. Moreover, hunting creates jobs and opportunities for local residents, which further support their livelihoods. Hunting also contributes to safeguarding those species in need of protection, by giving them value and funding the necessary anti-poaching measures to ensure their survival. In this regard, the negative impacts associated with reduced hunting levels, or indeed complete bans on hunting as a result of Covid-19 restrictions are already beginning felt. This includes increased levels of poaching being reported in parts of Africa in particular.[2]

TRAVEL ADVICE

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving globally. Travel restrictions can be introduced or lifted from one day-to-the-next. For the latest country-specific travel restrictions, we advise checking travel agency websites in the first instance. A selection of such agencies is listed below. However, due to the ever-changing nature of the regulations, it is strongly advised to check with the relevant national authorities and chosen airline before you travel by plane.

https://www.kayak.com/travel-restrictions

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php

https://www.trip.com/travel-restrictions-covid-19/

For further COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination, we advise that you consult the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

[1] Quirós-Fernández, Francisco & Marcos, Jaime & Acevedo, Pelayo & Gortázar, Christian. (2017). Hunters serving the ecosystem: the contribution of recreational hunting to wild boar population control. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 63. 10.1007/s10344-017-1107-4.

[2] See: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/science/coronavirus-poaching-rhinos.html

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