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dc.contributor.authorOlea, Pedro P.-
dc.contributor.authorSánchez-Barbudo, Inés S.-
dc.contributor.authorViñuela, Javier-
dc.contributor.authorBarja, Isabel-
dc.contributor.authorMateo-Tomás, Patricia-
dc.contributor.authorPiñeiro, Ana-
dc.contributor.authorMateo, Rafael-
dc.contributor.authorPurroy, Francisco J.-
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Conservation (2009), doi: 10.1017/S0376892909005323en_US
dc.description4 pages, 1 figure, 1 table.-- Article in press.-
dc.description.abstractPesticides are widely used throughout the world to control agricultural pests (Berny 2007). Owing to their well identified side-effects on wildlife (see for example Newton et al. 2000; Brakes & Smith 2005), the release of high quantities of pesticides to the environment should always require responsible use of both science-based information and the precautionary principle (Mason & Littin 2003). However, decision making in wildlife management and conservation is not systematically supported by scientific evidence (Pullin & Knight 2005). This is particularly worrying when decision making involves release of toxic substances to the environment, as often occurs in rodent plague control. Here we describe how poorly-informed management decisions to control a rodent plague can adversely affect wildlife, especially when chemical-based treatments are generically designed and applied on a broad scale, and discuss the high economic cost of such campaigns. We urge the implementation of a more cost-effective evidence-based and environmentally sustainable management to control rodent plagues in Spain. Cases similar to those reported here occurred in the UK a century ago, and throughout Europe in the 1950s (Elton 1942; Chitty 1996). Although abundant scientific information has since been generated about vole cyclic population dynamics and rodent plague control techniques in the world, lessons have apparently not been learned.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPart of this research was supported by Junta de Castilla y León (SEK02B06) and Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (CGL2006-05047/BOS).-
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dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.publisherFoundation for Environmental Conservation-
dc.subjectPrecautionary principleen_US
dc.subjectRodent plague controlen_US
dc.titleLack of scientific evidence and precautionary principle in massive release of rodenticides threatens biodiversity: old lessons need new reflectionsen_US
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer revieweden_US
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