Saturday, December 23, 2017

Trophy hunting may imperil species already at risk


From The Wildlife Society:

Trophy hunting may imperil species already at risk

By Julia John


Cape buffalo, which are trophy-hunted for their massive horns, gather on the African savanna. ©markjordahl
A group of researchers is calling for “extreme care” in managing trophy hunting after finding that the harvest of males that hunters worldwide choose could contribute to extinction in some species if not properly managed.
By targeting animals with large horns and other prized features, researchers found, trophy hunting can “lead to extinction” by removing the fittest genes in populations trying to adapt to increasing environmental pressures.

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