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Cédric Juillet, Rémi Choquet, Gilles Gauthier, Josée Lefebvre and Roger Pradel Carry-over effects of spring hunt and climate on recruitment to the natal colony in a migratory species Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Article first published online: 17 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02199.x

We conclude that there was a negative impact of the spring hunt not only on survival but also on recruitment in greater snow geese. These non-lethal effects of hunting must be considered in management decisions aimed at controlling overabundant populations where recruitment is an important driver of population growth, as occurs in geese. Our study is also relevant to other situations such as in threatened species still exposed to hunting, as consideration of non-lethal effects of hunting may be critical for their conservation.

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