Poaching is the most immediate threat to African elephants, yet its effects on their behavior have been challenging to study. In the July 2019 Issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management, now available online, author Festus W. Ihwagi and his colleagues succeeded in studying the movement of 11 elephants in an area of high-poaching activity. They found that while the elephants’ speed didn’t change, they turned less frequently at places and times in which poaching activity was high. That could serve as an indicator, the authors concluded, of how great a poaching risk the elephants perceived, complementing anti-poaching efforts, especially in remote areas.
Other studies in the issue look at wild turkey harvest management, watercraft-related mortality in sea turtles, Australian carnivores, wolf pack impacts on elk mortality, flooding effects on deer and much more.
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