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An escaped herd of Iberian wild goat (Capra pyrenaica, Schinz 1838, Bovidae) begins the re-colonization of the Pyrenees

AuthorsHerrero Cortés, Juan; Fernández-Arberas, Olatz ; Prada, Carlos; García Serrano, Alicia; García-González, Ricardo
mountain ungulate
Guara Nature Park
feral goats
Issue Date2013
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
CitationMammalia 77(4): 403- 407 (2013)
AbstractIn January 2000, the last Pyrenean wild goat, Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica, died in Ordesa National Park in the Spanish Pyrenees. Since that time, there has been an intense debate over the possibility of using individuals from other extant subspecies to restore the Iberian wild goat C. pyrenaica in the Pyrenees. In the late 1990s, some Iberian wild goats of the hispanica subspecies escaped from an enclosure in Guara Nature Park, also in the Spanish Pyrenees. Between 2006 and 2012, four annual counts were conducted to quantify the demographics of the population. This expanding but isolated population numbered at least 86 free-living Iberian wild goats in 2012, reproducing in the wild with a positive increasing trend (λ = 1.067). Given the small number of original animals that escaped, new releases are necessary to insure the genetic variability of the small population, but only if a clear decision on its conservation is finally made. In addition, the population is sympatric with a population of several hundred feral goats, C. hircus, which should be monitored closely, in order to detect any problems with competence or hybridization, although the latter has not been demonstrated in the wild.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2012-0014
Identifiersdoi: 10.1515/mammalia-2012-0014
issn: 0025-1461
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