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Título : Modelling hunting strategies for the conservation of wild rabbit populations
Autor : Angulo, Elena, Villafuerte, Rafael
Palabras clave : European wild rabbit
Hunting timing
Oryctolagus cuniculus
Pest management
Population dynamics
Fecha de publicación : 2003
Editor: Elsevier
Resumen: Recently, European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) populations have undergone a sharp decline that may be exacerbated by hunting. We investigate the effects of the timing of hunting on the conservation of wild rabbit using a model for rabbit population dynamics. Scenarios with different hunting rates and age strategies were simulated for different population qualities. We interviewed hunters to ascertain the degree to which they would accept a change in the timing of hunting. We also investigated the hunting pressure applied by hunters and its relationship with rabbit abundance. Modelling results indicate that the current hunting season has the greatest impact on rabbit abundance. Hunting in late spring optimises hunting extraction while conserving rabbit popula- tions. When the rabbit population quality is low the effects of age strategies and the timing of hunting are less important than the effect of the hunting rate applied. Almost half the hunters would agree to policy changes. More than 75% of hunters implemented self-imposed hunting restrictions to improve rabbit populations, that were more frequently applied in high rabbit abundance areas. Therefore, changing the timing of hunting and increasing the participation of hunters in low abundance areas could optimise both the exploitation and the conservation of wild rabbit populations in southwestern Europe
Versión del editor: http`://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00148-4
URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10261/57036
DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00148-4
Citación : Biological Conservation 115 (2003) 291–301
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