Forest and game

Forest and game

This rubric deals with the management of animal species which are subject to hunting laws – looking especially at the areas of wildlife ecology, wildlife management and hunting. Special attention is paid to strategies and communication.

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Red deer management concept Southern Black Forest

The management concept has been implemented since 2008. The concept is based on extensive research conducted prior to the development process. The key element of this management concept is a spatial concept with regulations concerning not only recreational uses, but also hunting, forestry and habitat management.

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Do Wildlife Warning Reflectors Influence the Behavior of Roe Deer?

Every year, 260,000 wild animals are killed in road accidents. Eight-five percent of those animals are roe deer. In Germany, one accident involving wildlife happens every two minutes. Does the light stimulus of the blue reflectors minimize behavior of wildlife that leads to accidents?

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Chamois, ibex and red deer are moving to higher ground

Climate change has prompted three of the most common ungulate species in the Alps - chamois, ibex and red deer - to move to higher elevations in the late summer and autumn. The tendency of roe deer to move to higher ground was weaker.

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Scientific Research as a Basis for Red Deer Management Concepts

Red deer are the biggest free roaming herbivores in Germany. Thus, it is essential to manage such populations on a large scale. However, managing red deer is difficult due to the various types of forest ownerships, small scale hunting grounds, and inconsistent handling of game winter feeding sites.

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Beavers – landscapers with potential for conflict

In Switzerland beavers were wiped out in the 19th Century but they were reintroduced in 1956. Due to their long absence a large amount of knowledge about living with beavers was lost. In regards to conflict free cohabitation we once again have to learn how to live with the beaver.

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Capercaille Action Plan Switzerland

Capercaille require continuous and well structured areas of forest. However, forests are becoming darker and more uniform and pressure from leisure seekers is increasing. In order for capercaille to survive we have to act now.

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The raccoon – a rascal with destruction potential

Raccoons have been living in Swiss forests for 30 years. Unlike in central Germany where the animals, originally introduced from America, have in many places become a plague, they are not yet very many in Switzerland. Near Lake Geneva they have become more numerous since 2003 …

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