Impacts of wild boars on local livelihoods in rural communities: A case study of mountainous areas in southeast China

Chengchao Wang, Benxiang Zeng, Xianqiang Song, Dongshen Luo, Tingting Lin

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Abstract

Wild boar (Sus scrofa) seriously threatens agricultural production and rural livelihoods worldwide. Human-wild boar conflict has become an important research topic. We investigated the impact of wild boars on local livelihoods and rural community’s responses to the impact, based on a case study in Fu’an City, Fujian Province, Southeast China. We conducted a questionnaire survey of 152 rural households in six villages of Fu’an City. Results demonstrated that the overall impact of wild boars on livelihoods was significant; however, there was impact heterogeneity depending on the mentioned factors. The impact lied on the scale of agricultural output value and the extent of livelihood dependency on susceptible crops. Different impacts resulted in discrepant countermeasures of rural households in dealing with wild boars. The magnitude of economic losses caused by wild boars to a great extent determined the selection of prevention measures. Rural households with more economic losses tend to adopt costly and effective prevention measures, such as fencing and human guarding. Recommendations were put forward to address the human-wild boar conflicts in China.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1048808
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers in Environmental Science
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2023

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