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1 November 2018 First assessment of the potential introduction by hunters of eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) in Spain
M. Delibes-Mateos, F. Castro, V. Piorno, E. Ramírez, J. A. Blanco-Aguiar, F. Aparicio, L. E. Mínguez, C. C. Ferreira, C. Rouco, C. A. Ríos-Saldaña, P. Recuerda, R. Villafuerte
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Context. Humans have introduced lagomorph species in areas outside their native ranges for their meat, fur or value as game species. Assessing the rate of success of lagomorph introductions is vital to address the ecological damage they may cause. Cases of failed lagomorph introductions in apparently suitable areas may also shed light on mechanisms that may deter invasion, which are useful in developing strategies for population control. In Spain, it has been suggested that hunters introduced the non-native eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) to compensate for the recent drastic declines of the native European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

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M. Delibes-Mateos, F. Castro, V. Piorno, E. Ramírez, J. A. Blanco-Aguiar, F. Aparicio, L. E. Mínguez, C. C. Ferreira, C. Rouco, C. A. Ríos-Saldaña, P. Recuerda, and R. Villafuerte "First assessment of the potential introduction by hunters of eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) in Spain," Wildlife Research 45(7), 571-577, (1 November 2018). https://doi.org/10.1071/WR17185
Received: 20 December 2017; Accepted: 31 July 2018; Published: 1 November 2018
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game management
hunting
interview survey
invasive species
lagomorph
Oryctolagus cuniculus
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