Time series analysis reveals synchrony and asynchrony between conflict management effort and increasing large grazing bird populations in northern Europe

Jeremy J. Cusack* (Corresponding Author), A. Brad Duthie, O. Sarobidy Rakotonarivo, Rocío A. Pozo, Tom H.E. Mason, Johan Månsson, Lovisa Nilsson, Ingunn M. Tombre, Einar Eythórsson, Jesper Madsen, Ayesha Tulloch, Richard D. Hearn, Steve Redpath, Nils Bunnefeld

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Abstract

The management of conflicts between wildlife conservation and agricultural practices often involves the implementation of strategies aimed at reducing the cost of wildlife impacts on crops. Vital to the success of these strategies is the perception that changes in management efforts are synchronized relative to changes in impact levels, yet this expectation is never evaluated. We assess the level of synchrony between time series of population counts and management effort in the context of conflicts between agriculture and five populations of large grazing birds in northern Europe. We reveal inconsistent patterns of synchrony and asynchrony between changes in population counts and impact management effort relating to population harvesting, monetary payments, or scaring practices. This variation is likely due to differing management aims, the existence of lags between management decisions and population monitoring, and the inconsistent use of predictive models across case studies. Overall, our findings highlight the need for more adaptive and timely responses of management to changes in target species numbers so as not to unexpectedly increase social conflicts and jeopardize the status of wildlife populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12450
JournalConservation Letters
Volume12
Issue number1
Early online date25 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Compensation
  • Conflict
  • Crane
  • Goose
  • Harvest
  • Management
  • Population count
  • Scaring
  • Time series
  • crane
  • harvest
  • goose
  • scaring
  • time series
  • management
  • compensation
  • population count
  • conflict
  • CONSERVATION
  • PUBLIC-ATTITUDES
  • CROP DAMAGE
  • IMPACTS
  • BEARS
  • GEESE
  • DYNAMICS
  • CRANES
  • TOOL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Ecology

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Cusack, J. J., Duthie, A. B., Rakotonarivo, O. S., Pozo, R. A., Mason, T. H. E., Månsson, J., ... Bunnefeld, N. (2019). Time series analysis reveals synchrony and asynchrony between conflict management effort and increasing large grazing bird populations in northern Europe. Conservation Letters, 12(1), [e12450]. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12450