Recovery of large carnivores in Europe's modern human-dominated landscapes.

Chapron, Guillaume; Kaczensky, Petra; Linnell, John D C; von Arx, Manuela; Huber, Djuro; Andrén, Henrik; López-Bao, José Vicente; Adamec, Michal; Álvares, Francisco; Anders, Ole; Balčiauskas, Linas; Balys, Vaidas; Bedő, Péter; Bego, Ferdinand; Blanco, Juan Carlos; Breitenmoser, Urs; Brøseth, Henrik; Bufka, Luděk; Bunikyte, Raimonda; Ciucci, Paolo; ... (2014). Recovery of large carnivores in Europe's modern human-dominated landscapes. Science, 346(6216), pp. 1517-1519. American Association for the Advancement of Science 10.1126/science.1257553

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The conservation of large carnivores is a formidable challenge for biodiversity conservation. Using a data set on the past and current status of brown bears (Ursus arctos), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), gray wolves (Canis lupus), and wolverines (Gulo gulo) in European countries, we show that roughly one-third of mainland Europe hosts at least one large carnivore species, with stable or increasing abundance in most cases in 21st-century records. The reasons for this overall conservation success include protective legislation, supportive public opinion, and a variety of practices making coexistence between large carnivores and people possible. The European situation reveals that large carnivores and people can share the same landscape.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Center for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)

UniBE Contributor:

Breitenmoser, Urs

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0036-8075

Publisher:

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lucia Gugger-Raaflaub

Date Deposited:

02 Apr 2015 12:17

Last Modified:

12 Oct 2015 15:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1126/science.1257553

PubMed ID:

25525247

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65487

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65487

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