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- Newey, Scott; Thirgood, Simon J.; Hudson, Peter J.
- Wildlife biology 2004 v.10 no.3 pp. 171-176
- Lepus timidus; Trichostrongylus; body condition; fecundity; females; hares; highlands; host-parasite relationships; ivermectin; parasites; radio frequency identification; spring; Scotland
- ... Mountain hare Lepus timidus populations show unstable dynamics with regular 7–10 year fluctuations in abundance. We tested the hypothesis that parasites destabilise hare dynamics by experimentally reducing parasite burdens and recording female body condition and fecundity. We trapped and radio tagged 42 female hares in April 2000 and 2001 in the Central Highlands of Scotland. Of these, 23 were tre ...
- Milner-Gulland, E.J.; Coulson, Tim; Clutton-Brock, Tim H.
- Wildlife biology 2004 v.10 no.3 pp. 187-201
- Cervus elaphus; carrying capacity; data quality; deer; gender differences; harvesting; income; issues and policy; models; mortality; population size; stags; uncertainty; Scotland
- ... When hunting species in which the sexes differ substantially in value, sex-selective harvesting can increase income dramatically. In some hunted species, for example the red deer Cervus elaphus in Scotland, there are also marked ecological differences between the sexes. In red deer, stag mortality and dispersal rates are substantially higher when hind densities are high. Hence, there is a trade-of ...