Ecology of Problem Individuals and the Efficacy of Selective Wildlife Management.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Elsevier (Cell Press)
As a result of ecological and social drivers, the management of problems caused by wildlife is becoming more selective, often targeting specific animals. Narrowing the sights of management relies upon the ecology of certain 'problem individuals' and their disproportionate contribution to impacts upon human interests. We assess the ecological evidence for problem individuals and confirm that some individuals or classes can be both disproportionately responsible and more likely to reoffend. The benefits of management can sometimes be short-lived, and selective management can affect tolerance of wildlife for better or worse, but, when effectively targeted, selective management can bring benefits by mitigating impact and conflict, often in a more socially acceptable way.
G.S. is supported by a postgraduate research scholarship from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences of the University of Exeter. S.R. is grateful for the King Carl XVI Gustaf guest professorship that allowed him to work on this paper. We would like to thank the referees, Sasha Dall, Matthew Silk, and David Fisher for their comments on an earlier version of this manuscript.
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Vol. 32 (7), pp. 518 - 530
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