Economic analysis of deer management alternatives on public lands in Northern California 1996

Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 1, Issue 2, 1996

Debates over grazing and wildlife issues on public lands are common in the Western U.S. This paper focuses on a controversy in the East Lassen Deer Herd Management Area in California and Nevada. Economic benefits accruing to mule deer hunters under present conditions, as well as two alternate management scenarios, are estimated. These benefits are compared to rancher losses. The results suggest that net economic benefits to society can be increased by decreased livestock grazing in this particular area.

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