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Does wild boar rooting affect livestock grazing areas in alpine grasslands?

AuthorsBueno, C. Guillermo ; Barrio, Isabel C.; García-González, Ricardo ; Alados, Concepción L. ; Gómez García, Daniel
Stocking rate
Sus scrofa
Issue Date2010
CitationEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research 56(5): 765-770 (2010)
AbstractInteractions between traditional livestock management practices and wildlife activities are important in the conservation of many mountain ecosystems including the summer rangelands in the Spanish Central Pyrenees, where rooting by wild boar (Sus scrofa) is a large disturbance that can reduce the amount of area available to grazing livestock. This study explored the likely impact of wild boar rooting on Pyrenean grasslands. It quantified the extent of wild boar rooting in livestock grazing areas and determined whether wild boars selected or avoided areas depending on the type of livestock and stocking rates. Wild boar rooting affected 16% of livestock grazing area and occurred in sites that were grazed by cattle, rather than by sheep. In addition, a preference for areas that had intermediate stocking rates was found. The relationship between the increase in the number of wild boars and trends in livestock management suggests that the extent of wild boar rooting will increase especially in cattle grazing areas, and therefore, the area available for cattle grazing in Pyrenean mountain rangelands would decrease significantly.
Description6 páginas, 2 figuras.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10344-010-0372-2
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