Trophy hunters spend more to focus on larger-bodied carnivores

Hunters usually target species that want resource investment disproportionate to associated health rewards. Expensive signalling theory provides a possible description, proposing that hunters target species that impose high costs ( e.g. greater failure and damage risks, reduced consumptive returns) given that it signals an ability to soak up high priced behavior. If expensive signalling is pertinent to modern game that is‘big hunters, we’d expect hunters to cover greater costs to hunt taxa with greater recognized costs. Continue reading