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Marion Jacquot, Michaël Coeurdassier, Geoffroy Couval, Régis Renaude, David Pleydell, Denis Truchetet, Francis Raoul and Patrick Giraudoux Using long-term monitoring of red fox populations to assess changes in rodent control practices Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12151

We have established, for the first time on a regional scale, the negative impact of a rodenticide on fox populations. We have shown that a shift to preventive treatments with reduced anticoagulant rodenticide use is less harmful to fox populations. However, to approach a zero impact, treatments should be reduced further by limitation of bait quantities authorized per hectare and per commune and using alternative methods to chemical control. Long-term monitoring of wildlife populations using index methods can provide valuable information about the adverse effects of pesticides; therefore, we recommend their inclusion in the assessment of pest management practices.

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