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Wilderness-dependent wildlife: The large and carnivorous

International Journal of Wilderness

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Abstract

Wilderness is vital to the conservation of wildlife species that are prone to conflict with humans and vulnerable to human-caused mortality. These species tend to be large and are often carnivorous. Such animals are typically problematic for humans because they kill livestock and, occasionally, humans, and cause inordinate damage to crops. The vulnerability of large herbivores and carnivores to humans is exacerbated by vigorous markets for wild meat and other body parts, widespread human poverty, and human societies prone to the breakdown of civil order. The survival of wilderness-dependent wildlife is thus not only linked to the preservation of extensive wilderness but is also affected by the health of human societies. Because overt intervention has limited uses in the preservation of wilderness-dependent wildlife, these animals pose a special problem for humanity. Their survival requires that we forgo domination of a substantial portion of the remaining wildlands on Earth.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Wilderness-dependent wildlife: The large and carnivorous
Series title:
International Journal of Wilderness
Volume:
3
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1997
Language:
English
Publisher:
WILD Foundation
Contributing office(s):
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description:
5 p.
First page:
34
Last page:
38