BMC Ecol 2017 06 15;17(1):22. Epub 2017 Jun 15.
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, 2418, Elverum, Norway.
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Front Vet Sci 2018 2;5. Epub 2018 Mar 2.
SaBio group, Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (CSIC-UCLM-JCCM), Ciudad Real, Spain.
Understanding the role that facultative scavenger species may play in spreading infectious pathogens, and even becoming reservoirs for humans, domestic and wild ungulates or, on the contrary, preventing the spread of disease, requires a prior understanding of the pattern of carrion scavenging in specific scenarios. The objectives of this paper are (i) to describe the guild of vertebrate scavengers and (ii) to study the species-specific, habitat, and management-related factors involved in the usage of gut piles in South Central Spain (SCS), a tuberculosis (TB) endemic area. We used camera trapping at 18 hunting piles on seven hunting estates. Read More
PLoS One 2013 23;8(10):e77373. Epub 2013 Oct 23.
Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Riddarhyttan, Sweden.
Background: Reestablishment of apex predators influences the availability and distribution of biomass for scavengers and can therefore be an important agent for structuring species communities. We studied how the re-colonization of the Scandinavian Peninsula by wolves (Canis lupus) affected the amount and temporal variation in use of moose (Alces alces) carcasses.
Methodology/principal Findings: We compared the availability of biomass from remains at wolf kills with those killed by hunters, vehicle collisions and natural death. Read More
PLoS One 2014 12;9(11):e111546. Epub 2014 Nov 12.
Département de biologie, chimie et géographie & Centre d'études nordiques, Université du Quebec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada.
Top predators and scavengers are vulnerable to pollutants, particularly those accumulated along the food chain. Lead accumulation can induce severe disorders and alter survival both in mammals (including humans) and in birds. A potential source of lead poisoning in wild animals, and especially in scavengers, results from the consumption of ammunition residues in the tissues of big game killed by hunters. Read More
J Anim Ecol 2012 Mar 11;81(2):443-54. Epub 2011 Nov 11.
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, PO Box 5685, Sluppen, NO-7485 Trondheim, Norway.
1. Understanding the role of predation in shaping the dynamics of animal communities is a fundamental issue in ecological research. Nevertheless, the complex nature of predator-prey interactions often prevents researchers from modelling them explicitly. Read More