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Horn growth variation and hunting selection of the Alpine ibex

Büntgen, Ulf ; Galván, Juan D. ; Mysterud, Atle ; Krusic, Paul J. ; Hülsmann, Lisa ; Jenny, Hannes ; Senn, Josef ; Bollmann, Kurt ; Gaillard, Jean-Michel


1. Selective hunting can affect demographic characteristics and phenotypic traits of the targeted species. Hunting systems often involve harvesting quotas based on sex, age and/or size categories to avoid selective pressure. However, it is difficult to assess whether such regulations deter hunters from targeting larger "trophy" animals with longer horns that may have evolutionary consequences. 2. ...


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