This paper presents the spatial patterns of indigenous hunting in two neighbouring Miskitu communities in north-eastern Honduras. Questionnaires documented the harvest of game, and hunting areas were documented by participatory mapping, feld mapping and interviews. Over ten weeks, 58 hunters caught 1,607 kg of game within a 336 km 2 delimited hunting zone. Three hunting sub-zones can be distinguished based on differences in habitat, species captured, quantities harvested, hunting strategies and technologies used. Wildlife conservation models could beneft from further integrating such patterns within existing models. Participatory techniques also provide an opportunity to involve local actors in the development of community-based wildlife management programs from the outset.

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Keywords Honduras, Hunting, Miskitu, Participatory mapping, Wildlife management
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1353/lag.2011.0020
Journal Journal of Latin American Geography
Citation
Dunn, M.A. (Marc Andre), & Smith, D. (2011). The spatial patterns of miskitu hunting in northeastern honduras: Lessons for wildlife management in tropical forests. Journal of Latin American Geography, 10(1), 85–108. doi:10.1353/lag.2011.0020