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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alexander P. Saveljev, Vladimir G. Safonov
    Pages 17-24
  3. Martins Balodis, Nikolai Laanetu, Alius Ulevicus
    Pages 25-29
  4. Ryszard Dzięciołowski, Jan Gozdziewski
    Pages 31-35
  5. Karol Pachinger, Tomas Hulik
    Pages 53-60
  6. Yurii A. Gorshkov, Andrea L. Easter-Pilcher, Brian K. Pilcher, Dmitry Gorshkov
    Pages 67-76
  7. David W. Macdonald, Fran H. Tattersall
    Pages 77-102
  8. Žanete Andersone
    Pages 103-108
  9. Bruce A. Schulte, Dietland Müller-Schwarzei
    Pages 109-128
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 179-182

About this book

Introduction

By the end of the 19th century both beaver species had been extirpated from large portions of their native ranges. The global decline in beaver populations was the direct re­ sult of exploitation by humans. Now, at the end of the 20th century, protection, manage­ ment, and reintroduction programs, coupled with a decline in the demand for beaver fur and other products, have allowed beaver populations to increase dramatically. Since bea­ vers actively modify their local environment their activities can conflict with human land use. Because of this, the beaver, once considered a unique and exotic component of wet­ lands, is now often considered a nuisance species. The history, as well as the current status, of beaver populations in Europe and North America provide insight into how con­ servation programs work, and into how humans and wildlife interact. The initial plenary lecture of the Euro-American Mammal Congress (July, 1998) was presented by Dr. Michael L. Rosenzweig, a professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rosenzweig discussed how humans have used and continue to use natural resources, in­ cluding wildlife and wildland. He provided evidence indicating that the current model of reservation conservation could not provide a long-term solution to the human-wild­ life/wildland conflict. Dr. Rosenzweig emphasized that what is required is a move away from purely exploitive activities (I would call this exploitive ecology) and the develop­ ment of a reconciliation ecology with wildlife.

Keywords

conservation ecology population dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter E. Busher
    • 1
  • Ryszard M. Dzięciołowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Agricultural University SGGWWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4781-5
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7165-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4781-5
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