Protection by culling: the crux of red deer management in National Parks

Dominika Cywicka , Magdalena Hędrzak , Mirosława Długosz , Luiza Tymińska-Czabańska

Abstract

Managing large ungulates in the territory of national parks requires comprehensive knowledge of many factors (population parameters, the distribution of animals and the number of their habitats, their feeding grounds, the intensity and direction of their migration), and skill in responding to the effects of negative chance events. A large number of the factors are by nature stochastic; thus, from a programming perspective, the issue of managing ungulate populations is difficult to formulate as an algorithm. This paper presents a model built using artificial neural networks (ANN). The results obtained with this model show that it is possible to maintain the population in a park without the necessity for culling within its boundaries. The study also demonstrated that culling specifically of hinds in these areas should be increased. The research presents alternative culling strategies for red deer populations in protected areas.
Author Dominika Cywicka (FoF / IoFRM / DoBaPoF)
Dominika Cywicka,,
- DEPARTMENT OF BIOMETRY AND PRODUCTION OF FOREST
, Magdalena Hędrzak
Magdalena Hędrzak,,
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, Mirosława Długosz
Mirosława Długosz,,
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, Luiza Tymińska-Czabańska
Luiza Tymińska-Czabańska,,
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Journal seriesEco mont-Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research, [Eco.mont], ISSN 2073-106X, e-ISSN 2073-1558, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Vol11
No2
Pages4-10
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishnatural regulation, Cervus elsphus, hunting, protected area, artificial neural network
ASJC Classification2303 Ecology; 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
DOIDOI:10.1553/eco.mont-11-2s4
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.68; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 0.488 (2) - 2018=0.426 (5)
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