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1 June 2011 Une espèce protégée qui dérange: le Hamster commun (Cricetus cricetusL.) en Alsace
Colette Méchin
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Méchin C. 2011. — Une espèce protégée qui dérange : le Hamster commun (Cricetus cricetus L.) en Alsace. Anthropozoologica 46.1 : 127–139.

A disturbing protected species: The common hamster in Alsace

The Common Hamster (Cricetus cricetus L.) is a rodent which is specific in France of the plains of Alsace. It has long been regarded as a pest which destroys harvests. In Alsace, its eradication has been promoted into the 1980s. However, the Bern Convention, ratified by France in 1990, has ranked it among protected species. The transition from a much hated animal to a protected one, was not always accepted by farmers who are the main actors involved in the protective measures implemented in the convention.

This article focuses on the role played by the different actors in this conflict (local, national and international administrations, the associations for nature's conservation, the farmers, etc.) and it deals with the choices which are made according to the political, economic and societal trends of the moment.

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Colette Méchin "Une espèce protégée qui dérange: le Hamster commun (Cricetus cricetusL.) en Alsace," Anthropozoologica 46(1), 127-139, (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.5252/az2011n1a5
Received: 9 December 2010; Accepted: 1 March 2011; Published: 1 June 2011
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agricultural environment
Alsace
anthropology
Common hamster
ethnologie
Hamster commun
milieu agricole
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