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Harriet T. Davies-Mostert, Michael G. L. Mills and David W. Macdonald Hard boundaries influence African wild dogs' diet and prey selection Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12129

By enabling coursing predators to capture prey that would otherwise have escaped, fences may reduce the compensatory nature of predation, causing shifts in predator–prey dynamics that could influence the ability of small reserves to support such predators. The establishment of larger conservation areas to reduce perimeter-to-area ratios should be encouraged to limit the undesired effects of fences on predator–prey dynamics.

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