Contradictory attitudes towards lynx Lynx lynx management in Finland have emerged as a consequence of rapid growth of the lynx population together with the strict protection and conservation objectives determined by the European Union. In this study, conducted during 2004-2005, we examined local people's and stakeholders opinions about lynx management through a nationwide survey.We also assessed local people's opinions through comments expressed at public meetings. which were recorded, transcribed and analysed. In gneral, lynx were seen as an important part of Finnish nature and its biodiersity, but it was also seen as a detriment to sustaining game populations. Hunters who manage roe deer capreolus capreolus or white tailed deer odocoileus virginianus or hare Lepus spp. populations were especially negative. Hunting and improved public awareness were considered the most effective methods to incease peopl's tolerance towards lynx and the damage they might cause. Stakeholders were interested in development of the existing damage compensation system and clear rules concerning management of problem inidividuals. In contrast to hunters, conservationists emphasised the conservation status of lynx and rejected the idea of population regulation through hunting. many aspectys of management were accepted by all stakeholders:other aspects were more controversial. To resolve the conflict betweeen stakeholders regarding lynx management. compromise and cooperation will be required from stakeholders holding conflicting views. This may aid lynx management and also the conservation of the species in Finland in the future.
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Liukkonen, T., Mykrä, S., Bisi, J., & Kurki, S. (2009). Conflicts and compromises in lynx Lynx lynx conservation and management in Finland. Wildlife Biology, 15(2), 165-174. https://doi.org/10.2981/07-051