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Problematic Wildlife: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

Analyzes the causes and patterns (geographic, taxonomic and trait) of the decline and extinction of terrestrial mammals
Contains case studies of species suffering from various anthropogenic threats and what the reader can learn from them
Provides an interdisciplinary approach to the various cases in which wildlife may be considered problematic through papers authored by ecologists, specialists in socioeconomics, zoologists, biologists and engineers

By: Francesco M Angelici (Editor)

603 pages, 76 colour photos and illustrations, 26 b/w illustrations, 53 tables


Hardback | Dec 2015 | #226447 | ISBN-13: 9783319222455
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A total of 25 papers have been selected for Problematic Wildlife, of which the majority have been written by zoologists, biologists and/or ecologists. One paper was written by an economist, 3 have an interdisciplinary approach, with contributions by both ecologists and specialists in socio-economics. Finally, 2 papers were written by technical specialists and engineers regarding the problems related to the impact of aviation on bird populations, while another has a multidisciplinary approach, including both ecological and applicative implications.


Chapter 1: General introduction: the reasons behind and significance of the book. Problematic Wildlife: definitions and concepts. When and why a wild species may become problematic
- Francesco M. Angelici Problematic wildlife at the beginning of the 21st century: Introduction

Chapter 2: Extinct species, species at risk of extinction, and declining species: some current and past case studies. Land fragmentation and habitat degradation
- Katarzyna Daleszczyk, Amy Eycott, and Jorg E. Tillmann Mammal species extinction and decline: Some current and past case studies of the detrimental influence of man
- Martina Trinkel , and Francesco M. Angelici The decline in the lion population in Africa, and possible mitigation measures
- Andrew Dixon Direct and indirect human impact on the globally endangered Saker falcon Falco cherrug in Asia
- Alessandro Balestrieri, Luigi Remonti, and Claudio Prigioni Toward extinction and back: The decline and recovery of otter populations in Italy

Chapter 3: When wildlife create problems for the environment and human activities: general features and some case studies
- Corrado Battisti and Giovanni Amori Problem solving and decision making in project management of problematic wildlife: A review of some approaches and conceptual tools
- Sebastien Le Bel, Mike La Grange, and Rene Czudek Managing human wildlife conflict in Zimbabwe: a boundary perspective rather than a problematic species issue
- Rajanathan Rajaratnam, Karl Vernes, and Tiger Sangay A review of livestock predation by large carnivores in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

Chapter 4: Managing problematic species: case studies from protected areas and areas subject to other kinds of management (rural, forest, hunting and urban areas). Introductions, reintroductions and restocking
- Stephen M.Vantassel, and Scott R. Groepper A survey of wildlife damage management techniques used by wildlife control operators in urbanized environments in the United States
- Dario Capizzi, Nicola Baccetti, and Paolo Sposimo Fifteen years of rat eradication on Italian islands
- Alberto Meriggi, Pietro Milanesi, Anna Brangi, Paolo Lamberti, and Francesca Giannini Management of wild boar in protected areas: The case of Elba island
- Mattia Menchetti, Emiliano Mori, and Francesco M. Angelici Effects of the recent world invasion by ring-necked parakeets Psittacula krameri

Chapter 5: Genetic contributions to the management of problematic species
- Jaana Kekkonen Temporal genetic monitoring of dec lining and invasive wildlife populations - current state and future directions
- Philippe Gaubert Fate of the mongooses and the genet (Carnivora) in Mediterranean Europe: none native, all invasive?
- Gabriele Gentile, Cruz Marquez, Howard Snell,Washington Tapia, and Arturo Izurieta Conservation of a new flagship species: the Galapagos pink land iguana (Conolophus marthae Gentile and Snell, 2009)

Chapter 6: Species that are dangerous to humans, man-eating wildlife, etc.
- Amy Dickman, and Leela Hazzah Money, myths and man-eaters: complexities of human-wildlife conflict
- John D. C. Linnell, and Julien Alleau Predators that kill humans: myth, reality, context and the politics of wolf attacks on people
- Matthew R. McLennan, and Kimberley J. Hockings The aggressive apes? Causes and contexts of great ape attacks on humans
- Sebastien Le Bel, David Chavernac, and Fiona Stansfield Promoting a mobile data collection system to improve HWC incident recording: a simple and handy solution for controlling problem animals in southern Africa

Chapter 7: Some special cases: wind farms and fauna, bird-strikes, electrocution, etc.
- Albert M. Manville, II Impacts to birds and bats due to collisions and electrocutions from some tall structures in the United States - wires, towers, turbines, and solar arrays: State of the art in addressing the problems
- John Thorpe Conflict of wings - birds versus aircraft
- Jeff McKee, Phil Shaw, Arie Dekker, and Kylie Patrick Approaches to wildlife management in aviation
- Mieke Zwart, Ailsa McKenzie, Jeroen Minderman, and Mark Whittingham Conflicts between birds and on-shore wind farms

Chapter 8: Bushmeat: a socio-ecological problem. The over-exploitation of wildlife for nutritional and traditional purposes. World animal trade, extinction risk and socio-economic issues
- Laura A. Kurpiers, Bjorn Schulte-Herbruggen, Imran Ejotre, and DeeAnn M. Reeder Bushmeat and emerging infectious diseases - lessons from Africa
- Ragnhild Sollund Wildlife trafficking in a globalized world: a an example of motivations and modus operandi from a Norwegian case study

Chapter 9: Hidden species: an appropriate scientific approach to cryptozoology
- Lorenzo Rossi A review of Cryptozoology: towards a scientific approach to the study of "hidden animals"

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Francesco M. Angelici, PhD, currently works in the areas of: Biology, behavioral ecology, fauna, zoogeography, and mammal systematic and conservation studies, particularly concerning carnivores, lagomorphs and ungulates. His other fields of research are: ornithology (the biology and ecology of Falconiformes, Passeriformes and Strigiformes) and herpetology (the ecology of snakes and their trophic relationship with mammals). He studies Italian and tropical fauna, with particular reference to the conservation of vertebrates. He also works in the areas of planning and environmental conservation. In particular, he has worked in the area of wildlife management at national parks, reserves and other protected areas in Italy and abroad. He currently works as a zoologist conservationist, with hunting management agencies. He is also a specialist in African savannah environments as well as desert and tropical rain forests.

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