Survey on the importance of hunting in the conservation of vultures

    Survey on the importance of hunting in the conservation of...


    The management of by-products of animal origin provided by hunting activity is key to guaranteeing the long-term conservation of scavenging vertebrates in general and of vultures in particular.Survey on the importance of hunting in the conservation of...

    Researchers at the Institute of Research on Game Resources (IREC - CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) and the University of Lleida are developing a project entitled “Survey on the importance of hunting in the conservation of...”, financed by the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla la Mancha (JCCM) and by ERDF funds. Its objective is to determine the role of carrion provided by hunting activity in the ecology of movement and conservation of scavenging birds.

    The project includes evaluating the availability of carrion from hunting activity and analyzing the spatial and temporal distribution of the availability of carrion provided by hunting activity and which species consume them. The results will make it possible to study the carrying capacity of the environment as a function of trophic availability and the guild of strict (vultures) and facultative (such as foxes and corvids) carrion consumers, with the aim of assess the importance of hunting for scavenger species and formulate management strategies for the trophic resource generated by hunting activities focused on the conservation of the threatened species that consume it (such as the black vulture).

    Animal by-products provided by hunting activity are key to guaranteeing the long-term conservation of vertebrate scavengers in general and vultures in particular. Knowing how many are produced and which species may come to depend on them is essential to formulate appropriate management strategies.

    On the other hand, the project includes the study of the relationship between hunting activity and scavenging birds from a socio-ecological perspective. What is intended is to know the perception that hunters have about the ecological role of scavengers and collect fundamental information about the handling of carcasses and by-products from hunting activity.

    To address this aspect of the project, a a survey aimed at people over 18 years of age who practice or have practiced hunting. The survey can be accessed through the following link:

    CARROCAZA Project: Survey on the importance of hunting in the conservation of necrophagous birds

    The survey is completely anonymous and confidential and takes about 10 minutes to complete.. From the IREC and the University of Lleida we encourage the hunting sector to leave their contributions, thanking them in advance for their collaboration.