Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Life Sciences - Animal Sciences | European Journal of Wildlife Research

European Journal of Wildlife Research

European Journal of Wildlife Research

Chief Editor: Christian Gortázar

ISSN: 1612-4642 (print version)
ISSN: 1439-0574 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10344

$99.00 Personal Rate e-only for the Americas
Get Subscription

Online subscription, valid from January through December of current calendar year

Immediate access to this year's issues via SpringerLink

1 Volume(-s) with 6 issue(-s) per annual subscription

Automatic annual renewal

More information: >> FAQs // >> Policy

Welcome to the Journal Cover Gallery of the European Journal of Wildlife Research

You are invited to contact Dr. Christian Gortázar, Editor-in-Chief, at Christian.Gortazar@uclm.es if you would like to submit a photo for consideration as the journal cover.

Vol. 63/5 

CI_Image_10344_63_5_CoverFigure_Print_153x203px
Top-down and bottom-up controls are hypothesized to regulate population structures in many ecosystems. However, few studies have had the opportunity to analyze both processes in the natural environment. In this issue, Leroy Soria-Díaz, Mike S. Fowler and Octavio Monroy-Vilchis show that that seasonal per capita changes in cougar abundance is best explained by bottom-up control and intraspecific feedback, while per capita changes in prey abundance were significantly affected by cougar abundance, indicating top-down control. Hence, both routes are in effect in the surveyed Mexican study site.
Photo: Cougar (Puma concolor);
Author: Octavio Monroy-Vilchis.

Vol. 63/4 

CI_Image_10344_63_4_CoverFigure_Print_153x203px
The European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) is a keystone species of Eurasian agricultural ecosystems. This farmland lagomorph is widespread but declining and is therefore of conservation concern. Volume 63 of the European Journal of Wildlife Research has already published two articles dealing with this species. In the first one (Article 49, June 2017), Silviu O. Petrovan and co-authors studied the use by brown hares of bioenergy crops, revealing that benefits and limitations of this novel habitat are scale-dependent and require attention. In this issue (Article 62, August 2017), Luigi Esposito and co-authors used hair cortisol levels as an indicator of stress in captive brown hares, showing that a short period of adaptation in a low-stress environment reduces the stress status of hares during their release. Such indicator could be useful for non-invasive stress monitoring in this and other wildlife.
Photo: European brown hare (Lepus europaeus);
Author: Silviu O. Petrovan.

Volume 63/3 

CI_Image_10344_63_3_CoverFigure_Print_153x203px
Estimation of demographic parameters is of fundamental interest to life history theory and population ecology, and is also critical for animal conservation and management. In this issue, Jiapeng Qu and co-authors present data on the dynamics of a population of plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae) from Tibet. Pika density and precipitation had negative effects on reproductive success, while temperature showed consistently positive effects. Hence, pika density and climate regulate together the population dynamics of plateau pikas.
Photo: Plateau pika (Ochotona curzoniae);
Author: Jiapeng Qu

Volume 63/2 

CI_Image_A40589_10344_63_2_coverfigure_print_153x203px
The European mink is a small semi-aquatic andsolitary living carnivore which mainly inhabitsfresh water bodies such as riverbanks, brooksand wetlands. To examine the occurrence ofindividual specialisation, Marianne Haage andco-authors performed a feeding experiment oncaptive bred European minks in a translocationprogramme. By using animals reared in acontrolled environment with identical feedingroutines, the authors examined whether or notindividual specialisation is affected by innatepreferences and learning, by including novelprey species and investigating learning times.They conclude that both innate preferencesand learning seem to be of importance fordietary preferences in European mink,suggesting that this behavioural plasticitycould be of concern in conservation.
Photo: European mink (Mustela lutreola);
Author: Tiit Maran.

Volume 63/1 

CI_Image_A37879_10344_63_1_CoverFigure_Print_153x203px
The European bison became extinct in the wild in the XIX Century due to overhunting. However, after successful captive breeding and re-introductions, nowadays there are freeranging populations in several European countries. In this issue, a paper by Linas Balčiauskas and co-authors addresses the human-wildlife conflicts linked to the reestablishment of this large mammal, and the role of public awareness therein. Bison are also mentioned in a second article, by Orłowska and co-authors, on tuberculosis in southern Poland. This evidences the health implications as another important aspect of bison recovery.
Photo: European bison (Bison bonasus) by Rafał Kowalczyk.
Rafał Kowalczyk published an article on bison parasites
(Kołodziej-Sobocińska, M., Demiaszkiewicz, A.W., Pyziel, A.M. et al.
Eur J Wildl Res (2016) 62:781. doi:10.1007/s10344-016-1037-6).

Volume 62/6 

CI_Image_A36178_10344_62_6_coverfigure_print_153x203px
The development and evaluation of a reliable noninvasive genetic sampling is a crucial step towards accurately estimating population size for the long-term monitoring of wildlife species. In this issue, Maik Rehnus and Kurt Bollmann investigated the feasibility of noninvasive genetic sampling data for capturerecapture analyses of the mountain hare. They used microsatellite markers to genotype the samples that were collected according to a systematic and an opportunistic sampling design. The systematic sampling revealed reliable population density estimates whereas the opportunistic sampling resulted in higher numbers of recapture and increased the spatial resolution of the data. The study informs wildlife ecologists and managers about suitable survey techniques for the monitoring of lagomorph populations and addresses important principles of reliable survey methods for other elusive wildlife species.
Picture: Mountain hare (Lepus timidus).
Photographer: Rolf Giger.
The article on Bonelli’s eagle habitat selection by Beatriz Martínez-Miranzo and co-authors, originally scheduled for issue 5/2016, is published in this issue 6/2016. We apologize for not including the article along with the corresponding cover picture in issue 5/2016.

Volume 62/5 

CI_A33974_10344_62_5_coverfigure_print_153x203px
Integrating modern tracking tools and classical census methods provides high-quality data in wildlife research. In this issue, Beatriz Martínez-Miranzo and co-authors study the habitat selection of 14 Bonelli’s eagles (Aquila fasciata) equipped with satellite tracking devices. Using a multi-scale approach, the study found that at a regional scale, eagles select heterogeneous habitat with crops, scrub and forest. At a smaller scale however, habitat structure plays a key role and selection is conditioned by the presence of potential prey. Given the scarcity of typical prey such as rabbits and partridges, Bonelli’s eagleswill surprisingly prefer urban habitats to hunt pigeons. Because habitat selection differs at different scales, understanding the effects of this plasticity is necessary to implement appropriate habitat management actions, eventually including humanized habitats. Picture: Adult Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata).
Photographer: Alberto Portero Garcés.

Volume 62/4 

NL_Insert_A32722_WL_Research_10344_62_4_153px
Bats are one of the largest mammalian orders, representing about one fifth of all known mammal species. Therefore, and because of the ecological relevance of bats, EJWR often includes publications on bat management. In this issue, a study by E. Kühnert and coauthors shows that the structure of woodland bat communities is influenced by the availability of suitable roosts. Radio-tracking evidenced clear species-specific roost preferences. These results provide guidance for bat-friendly forest management.
Photo: Barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastellus); Author Philippe Christe

Volume 62/3 

European Journal of Wildlife Research
Michaela Skuban and colleagues studied the effects of agricultural and game management policies on the feeding and behavior of brown bears. Recently, anthropogenic food became more accessible for bears in Slovakia, due to supplementary feeding of ungulates and due to agricultural crops. In Europe, game feeding has negative consequences in form of ungulate population overgrowth, but could also influence bear behavior.
Photo: Brown bear, by Tibor Pataky.

Volume 62/2 

CI_10344_62_2_153px
In this issue, three articles deal with conflicts surrounding wolf (Canis lupus) conservation and management. The study by Marino Agnese and co-authors shows that ex post and insurancebased compensation fail to increase tolerance for wolves in semi-agricultural landscapes of central Italy; a second study from Iran by Nader Habibzadeh identifies the determinants of humanwolf conflicts in East Azerbaijan; and in a third one Bjørn Kaltenborn and Scott Brainerd suggest that poaching can inadvertently contribute to increased public acceptance of wolves in Scandinavia.
Photo: two Iberian wolves. Author: SaBio-IREC.

Volume 62/1 

CI_Image_10344_62_1_153x203px
The Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa) is a relevant wildlife species in relation to disease control at the interface with livestock. In this issue of EJWR, three articles address the field of wildlife-livestock interaction. Two of them, by Payne and coauthors and Carrasco and coauthors, focus on wildlife visits to farm facilities, assessed by camera traps. A third one, by Cowie and coauthors, investigates direct contact rates among a matrix of wild and domestic mammals using data-loggers. Together, these three articles provide a complete insight into the most likely indirect mechanisms of infection transmission between wild boar and livestock.

Read this Journal on Springerlink

For authors and editors


  • Journal Citation Reports®
    2016 Impact Factor
  • 1.264
  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope

    Close

    European Journal of Wildlife Research focuses on all aspects of wildlife biology. Main areas are: applied wildlife ecology; diseases affecting wildlife population dynamics, conservation, economy or public health; ecotoxicology; management for conservation, hunting or pest control; population genetics; and the sustainable use of wildlife as a natural resource. Contributions to socio-cultural aspects of human-wildlife relationships and to the history and sociology of hunting will also be considered.

  • Submit Online
  • Open Choice - Your Way to Open Access
  • Instructions for Authors

    Instructions for Authors

    Close

  • Author Academy: Training for Authors
  • Copyright Information

    Copyright Information

    Close

    Copyright Information

    For Authors

    Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as – tacitly or explicitly – by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

    Author warrants (i) that he/she is the sole owner or has been authorized by any additional copyright owner to assign the right, (ii) that the article does not infringe any third party rights and no license from or payments to a third party is required to publish the article and (iii) that the article has not been previously published or licensed. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors. Transfer of copyright to Springer (respective to owner if other than Springer) becomes effective if and when a Copyright Transfer Statement is signed or transferred electronically by the corresponding author. After submission of the Copyright Transfer Statement signed by the corresponding author, changes of authorship or in the order of the authors listed will not be accepted by Springer.

    The copyright to this article, including any graphic elements therein (e.g. illustrations, charts, moving images), is assigned for good and valuable consideration to Springer effective if and when the article is accepted for publication and to the extent assignable if assignability is restricted for by applicable law or regulations (e.g. for U.S. government or crown employees).

    The copyright assignment includes without limitation the exclusive, assignable and sublicensable right, unlimited in time and territory, to reproduce, publish, distribute, transmit, make available and store the article, including abstracts thereof, in all forms of media of expression now known or developed in the future, including pre- and reprints, translations, photographic reproductions and microform. Springer may use the article in whole or in part in electronic form, such as use in databases or data networks for display, print or download to stationary or portable devices. This includes interactive and multimedia use and the right to alter the article to the extent necessary for such use.

    Authors may self-archive the Author's accepted manuscript of their articles on their own websites. Authors may also deposit this version of the article in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 12 months after official publication or later. He/she may not use the publisher's version (the final article), which is posted on SpringerLink and other Springer websites, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the Author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Springer's website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: "The final publication is available at link.springer.com".

    Prior versions of the article published on non-commercial pre-print servers like arXiv.org can remain on these servers and/or can be updated with Author's accepted version. The final published version (in pdf or html/xml format) cannot be used for this purpose. Acknowledgement needs to be given to the final publication and a link must be inserted to the published article on Springer's website, accompanied by the text "The final publication is available at link.springer.com". Author retains the right to use his/her article for his/her further scientific career by including the final published journal article in other publications such as dissertations and postdoctoral qualifications provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication.

    Author is requested to use the appropriate DOI for the article. Articles disseminated via link.springer.com are indexed, abstracted and referenced by many abstracting and information services, bibliographic networks, subscription agencies, library networks, and consortia.

    For Readers

    While the advice and information in this journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date of its publication, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

    All articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article (e.g., as offprints), as well as all translation rights. No material published in this journal may be reproduced photographically or stored on microfilm, in electronic data bases, video disks, etc., without first obtaining written permission from the publisher (respective the copyright owner if other than Springer). The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

    Springer has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service to offer a variety of options for reusing Springer content. For permission to reuse our content please locate the material that you wish to use on link.springer.com or on springerimages.com and click on the permissions link or go to copyright.com, then enter the title of the publication that you wish to use. For assistance in placing a permission request, Copyright Clearance Center can be connected directly via phone: +1-855-239-3415, fax: +1-978-646-8600, or e-mail: info@copyright.com.


    © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Services for the Journal

Alerts for this journal

 

Get the table of contents of every new issue published in European Journal of Wildlife Research.