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Conservation and animal welfare issues arising from forestry practices. (Special Issue: Conservation and animal welfare.)

By D. T. Blumstein

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Forestry practices may directly kill animals as well as destroy and fragment their habitat. Even without habitat destruction, logging and its associated forest management practices (which include road building, re-forestation, and often increased recreational use) create noise, frighten animals, and may lead to changes in species composition as well as evolutionary responses to the myriad of anthropogenic impacts. Thus, forestry practices may create conservation problems. Forestry practices may also create welfare problems that may act on different temporal and spatial scales than the conservation problems. The individuals affected by forestry may have heightened glucocorticoid levels that may lead to a predictable set of deleterious consequences. Individuals may no longer be able to communicate, or they may no longer be attractive to potential mates. Such welfare problems may generate conservation problems if fitness is reduced. Identifying the set of possible impacts is the first step towards improving welfare and aiding wildlife conservation in managed forests.

Date 2010
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 151-157
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Language English
Author Address Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606, USA. marmots@ucla.edu
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal ecology
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Biological resources
  6. Conservation
  7. Ecology
  8. Environment
  9. Evolution
  10. Fitness
  11. Forestry
  12. Glucocorticoids
  13. Habitats
  14. Logging
  15. Mammals
  16. natural resources
  17. Noise
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. pollution
  20. Primates
  21. recreation
  22. Sports
  23. timber
  24. Wild animals
  25. wildlife
  26. Zoology
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