Ungulates are an extraordinarily important group of animals worldwide, at many levels – in their remarkable biodiversity; in many cases, as keystone species with a disproportionate effect on the functioning of the wider ecological systems of which they form a part or as dominant species acting as ecological engineers; and as a prey base for endangered or expanding populations of large carnivores. They are also important culturally and economically, as a major source of protein in subsistence cultures and because of their wide exploitation in recreational hunting, which is still a major form of land-use in many countries.
A number of aspects of the balance of cost and benefit of ungulates and their management in Europe are considered. Through a synthesis of the underlying biology and a comparison of the management techniques adopted in different countries, management approaches which seem effective within their respective circumstances are explored. Each chapter is written by experts in their own particular field, ensuring that they are aware of the most up-to-date literature on that topic and can also offer an experienced and informed review based on their own research experience.
Chapter 1 Behaviour and management of European ungulates - Rory Putman and Marco Apollonio
Chapter 2 Valuing ungulates in Europe - Sándor Csányi, Juan Carranza, Boštjan Pokorny, Rory Putman and Mark Ryan
Chapter 3 Reintroductions as a management tool for European ungulates - Massimo Scandura, Marco Apollonio and Nikica Šprem
Chapter 4 Introducing aliens: problems associated with invasive exotics - Francesco Ferretti and Sandro Lovari
Chapter 5 Competition between domestic and wild ungulates - Roberta Chirichella, Marco Apollonio and Rory Putman
Chapter 6 Effects of selective harvesting on ungulate populations - Atle Mysterud
Chapter 7 The management of urban populations of ungulates - Rory Putman, Jochen Langbein, Peter Watson, Peter Green and Seán Cahill
Chapter 8 The management of ungulates in protected areas Stefano Grignolio, Marco Heurich, Nikica Šprem and Marco Apollonio
Chapter 9 Challenges in the management of cross-border populations of ungulates - Carlos Fonseca, Rita Torres, João P.V. Santos, José Vingada and Marco Apollonio
Chapter 10 Novel management methods: immunocontraception and other fertility control tools - Giovanna Massei, Dave Cowan and Douglas Eckery
Chapter 11 Welfare issues in the management of wild ungulates - Frauke Ohl and Rory Putman
Chapter 12 Management of ungulates in the 21st century: how far have we come? - Naomi Sykes and Rory Putman
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