Exploring human dimensions of hunting via social science, evolutionary ecology, and personal experience

Raincoast’s Chris Darimont joins Ben O'Brien on MeatEater’s wildly popular The Hunting Collective podcast to talk about all things hunting.

In episode 140 of The Hunting Collective podcast, Ben O’Brien does a fascinating and good-natured follow up interview with Dr. Barrie Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert is a prominent bear biologist, friend of Raincoast, and previous verbal sparring-partner with Ben (at least when it comes to the hunting of predators). Ben invited Dr. Gilbert back for another interview, and they made productive amends. 

As part of a commitment to try to understand the broader context, nuance, and controversies surrounding the topic of hunting, and hunting of predators in particular, Ben O’Brien also interviewed Raincoast science director Dr. Chris Darimont. Among many hunting-related topics they spoke in depth about some of the applied conservation research the team at the Raincoast lab at UVic have undertaken about the psychological, social, and evolutionary dimensions underlying the behaviour of hunters.

We are pleased to share this podcast. Although Raincoast strongly opposes sport and trophy hunting – and especially of large carnivores, which are seldom killed for food – we are not anti-hunting. In fact, although their conservation ethic does not revolve around their hunting, several members of our team are food hunters. One food hunter among us is Chris Darimont. 

The Hunting Collective, podcast.

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