The greater snow goose Anser caerulescens atlanticus: Managing an overabundant population.

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Source
Ambio. 2017 Mar;46(Suppl 2):262-274
Publication Type
Article
Date
Mar-2017
Author
Josée Lefebvre
Gilles Gauthier
Jean-François Giroux
Austin Reed
Eric T Reed
Luc Bélanger
Source
Ambio. 2017 Mar;46(Suppl 2):262-274
Date
Mar-2017
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Abstract
Between the early 1900s and the 1990s, the greater snow goose Anser caerulescens atlanticus population grew from 3000 individuals to more than 700 000. Because of concerns about Arctic degradation of natural habitats through overgrazing, a working group recommended the stabilization of the population. Declared overabundant in 1998, special management actions were then implemented in Canada and the United States. Meanwhile, a cost-benefit socioeconomic analysis was performed to set a target population size. Discussions aiming towards attaining a common vision were undertaken with stakeholders at multiple levels. The implemented measures have had varying success; but population size has been generally stable since 1999. To be effective and meet social acceptance, management actions must have a scientific basis, result from a consensus among stakeholders, and include an efficient monitoring programme. In this paper, historical changes in population size and management decisions along with past and current challenges encountered are discussed.
PubMed ID
28215008 View in PubMed
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