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European Journal of Wildlife Research - New Topical Collection “Management of Alien Game Species”

From time to time, the European Journal of Wildlife Research runs an occasional series of linked articles on a particular topical issue. With a Special Feature in Vol 67 Issue 3 focusing on Reeves’ muntjac in areas where it has become established as an invasive alien species, we are launching a new Topical Collection on the: “Management of alien game species”.

Over the years, whether as the result of deliberate introduction or natural colonisation, a significant number of non-native species of animals and plants have become established within Europe and elsewhere. EU Regulation 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species has at its core a List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern, which currently includes 66 species (30 animals and 36 plants) - and this ‘problem’ with invasive exotics and their impacts on native species of fauna and flora is mirrored all over the world. As knowledge increases of their ecology (and potential ways of managing populations and their impacts) it would seem very timely to offer some consideration to this as a special theme within EJWR.

This new Topical Collection will be aimed at highlighting research studies of the ecology, ecological impact, and options for effective management for invasive game species in general: birds, mammals or other wildlife, introduced outside their native range as game animals and now having negative impacts on native ecosystems, agriculture, or health. The editors are interested in articles from all continents, provided the species was originally introduced for hunting purposes or has a clear impact on game species ecology and management.

If you are interested in submitting a contribution to this new series of articles, please mark your article, when submitting your manuscript here, as a contribution to the Topical Collection “Management of alien game species”.