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Conflict between grey partridge Perdix perdix hunting and hen harrier Circus cyaneus protection in France: a review

Bro, Elisabeth; Arroyo, Beatriz; Migot, Pierre. 2006 Conflict between grey partridge Perdix perdix hunting and hen harrier Circus cyaneus protection in France: a review. Wildlife Biology, 12. 233-248.

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Abstract/Summary

The recovery of protected predators raises tensions and divisions within society when their prey are of socio-economic value. For instance, conflicts may arise when hunters perceive protected predators as a threat for declining game populations, and cull them. These conflicts can have a strong impact on the status of the affected predator species. In this paper we review a conflict between hunters and raptor protectionists related to grey partridge Perdix perdix - hen harrier Circus cyaneus relationships in central northern France. We compiled all available information from scientific journals as well as hunting or protectionist journals, in order to present the polarised views of the problem and to analyse the social, political, legal and scientific aspects of the conflict. The results of existing studies suggest that in some circumstances hen harrier predation may have an impact on grey partridge populations. However, these studies also suggest that the problem is currently restricted to certain areas. The impact of hen harrier predation on grey partridge populations is not fully understood. Further research is therefore needed to better understand the ecological basis of the conflict. We also present and discuss potential solutions to alleviate predation that might help to reduce the conflict.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: _ Biodiversity & Population Processes
ISSN: 0909-6396
Additional Keywords: conflict, diet composition, hunting, predator-prey relationships, protection, socio-economics, solution
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 25 Apr 2008 08:17
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2271

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