volume 36 number pages 373-381 edition
File/Peer Review/Harris and Pletscher 2002
Richard B Harris and Daniel H. Pletscher Wildlife Biology Program University of Montana 218 Evans Missoula, Montana 59801 U.S.A. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
management; WILDLIFE; HABITAT; hunting; China; CONSERVATION; poaching; population; trends; threats; livestock; DEVELOPMENT; hunters; hunter; INCOME; CHANGE; wildlife conservation; trophy hunting
This study investigated the management of wildlife, habitat and the hunting programme in Aksai County, Gansu Province, People's Republic of China, during 1997-2000. Argali Ovis ammon is the focal species both for conservation and hunting. The hunting programme is intended to produce incentives to conserve wildlife and habitat. Poaching, a serious concern throughout western China, has been reduced in recent years in Aksai. Wildlife population trends are unknown because standardized surveys were begun only in 2000. Threats to argali in Aksai include livestock grazing, placer gold mining, and development of a dam, reservoir and aqueduct. The number of hunters participating in the programme could provide considerable funding, but the allocation of these funds within China has provided too little for conservation at the local level, thus undermining the intended incentive system.
Because local wildlife protection officials have been denied both funding and authority to deal with threa