Gobal Advanced Research Journal of Environmental Science and Toxicology (GARJEST) ISSN: 2315-5140
January 2013 Vol. 2(1), pp. 022-036
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The hunting practice in Northern Nimba County, Liberia

Jean-Claude Koffi Bene1,2, Joel Gamys3 and Sylvain Dufour4

1Unité Pédagogique et de Recherche de Biologie et Physiologie Animale, Université Jean Lorougnon Guédé ; BP 150 Daloa, Côte d’Ivoire
2Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), 01 BP 1303 Abidjan 01
3Conservation International – Liberia, Congo town back road, Monrovia, Liberia P.O. Box 2075
4SYLVATROP: Protection, conservation, gestion durable et participative de la biodiversité en milieu tropical, Association Loi 1901 -26, route de Vannes 44100 NANTES – SIRET, France.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: jc_bene@yahoo.fr; Tel: +225 02 49 99 47/+225 05 98 37 17; Fax:+225 23 45 12 11 

Accepted January 04, 2013

Abstract

Mount Nimba is one of the famous sites for biodiversity conservation in West Africa and has been identified as a priority Hotspot for conservation. This specific mountain is shared between three countries (Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia) and is more or less well protected. In Liberia, ArcelorMittal Company is now re-launching the exploitation of the remaining iron ore that constitutes the mountain body. In the framework of its impact assessment process, Arcelor Mittal initiated a bushmeat study in its mining concession. Based on the ECOFAC program experience in central Africa, the methodology was based on the high potential of our teams to integrate the region, took into consideration the hunting productivity, the commercial bushmeat network, as well as household consumption. The results presented in this paper provide a first understanding of the hunter characteristics, the methods and tools used to hunt. From this study, hunting activity in northern Nimba County is devoted to men and mainly young men. Hunting activities are mainly dedicated to feeding the hunter’s family and additional income to purchase their daily needs. People hunt throughout the year, day and night and ancestral hunting methods have all disappeared and have been replaced by cable snares and shotguns.

Keywords: Nimba County, biodiversity, hunting, trap, shotgun, bushmeat

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