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Large carnivores are important components of forests, but their contribution to forest recreational use has yet to be determined. Two-thirds of the respondents in both countries believed LCs as contributing positively to forest recreational value and visiting old forests with trees of various species and ages, as well as the presence of dead wood. Respondents with negative views against LCs preferred more heavily managed forest; their preferences were higher than those in wildness-positive respondents and Norway. This report reveals that ecosystem management policies must include consideration of the contribution of forests and LCs to human recreation services.
Source link: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-17862-0
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