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Patricia Mateo-Tomás, Pedro P. Olea, Inés S. Sánchez-Barbudo and Rafael Mateo Alleviating human–wildlife conflicts: identifying the causes and mapping the risk of illegal poisoning of wild fauna Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02119.x

We demonstrate a new use for presence-only models, illustrated using MaxEnt, to assist conservation managers dealing with illegal activities. This approach allows the main causes of an illegal practice to be identified and generates spatially explicit risk maps. Managers can take advantage of this modelling approach to allocate the scarce resources available in conservation to key sectors and locations. In our study system, actions against illegal poisoning should aim to resolve the potential conflict existing between cattle-farming and wolves, especially in protected areas.

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