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dc.contributor.authorMilner, Jos M.
dc.contributor.authorBonefant, Christophe
dc.contributor.authorMysterud, Atle
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-20T12:17:21Z
dc.date.available2011-09-20T12:17:21Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationMilner, J., Bonefant, C. & Mysterud, A. (2011). Hunting Bambi : evaluating the basis for selective harvesting of juveniles. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 57, 565-574en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11250/134348
dc.description.abstractHuman harvesting is often a major mortality factor and, hence, an important proximate factor driving the population dynamics of large mammals. Several selective harvesting regimes focus on removing animals with low reproductive value, such as “antlered” harvests in North America and juvenile harvesting in many European countries. Despite its widespread use and assumed impact, the scientific basis of juvenile harvesting is scattered in the literature and not empirically well-documented. We give the first overview of demographic, evolutionary and practical management arguments for selective harvesting of juveniles. Furthermore, we empirically test two demographic arguments based on harvest statistics of Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) in seven European countries. P1: Harvesting juveniles has little influence on harvest growth compared with harvesting adult females due to the lower reproductive value of juveniles than adult females; P2: Harvesting of juveniles dampens variance in harvest due to lower and more variable natural survival rates of juveniles compared with adults. We found that harvesting juveniles has little effect on harvest growth rate, while harvesting adult females has a significant negative effect (consistent with P1), but that increasing the proportion of juveniles in the harvest did not decrease the variability in harvest between years (P2 not supported). Based on our empirical findings and overview of arguments, we discuss how the merits of juvenile harvesting may vary over time as populations move from a low density to a very high density state.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.subjectjakten_US
dc.subjectdeer managementen_US
dc.subjectexploitationen_US
dc.subjectpopulation dynamicsen_US
dc.subjectungulatesen_US
dc.subjectsustainable managementen_US
dc.subjectwildlife croppingen_US
dc.titleHunting Bambi : evaluating the basis for selective harvesting of juvenilesen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Mathematics and natural science: 400::Zoology and botany: 480en_US
dc.source.pagenumber565-574en_US
dc.source.journalEuropean Journal of Wildlife Researchen_US
dc.source.issue57en_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org10.1007/s10344-010-0466-x


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