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Does wild rabbit population size affect connectivity?

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Machado, R.; Santos, P. (2019). Does wild rabbit population size affect connectivity?. World Rabbit Science. 27(4):207-216. https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2019.12068

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Title: Does wild rabbit population size affect connectivity?
Author: Machado, Rui Santos, Pedro
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[EN] Wild rabbit is a relevant species in the Iberian Peninsula due to its ecological  and economic roles. Conservationists and game managers therefore have a shared interest in assuring the existence of resilient and ...[+]
Subjects: Oryctolagus cuniculus , Graph theory , Population recovery , Connectivity metrics , Game management
Copyrigths: Reserva de todos los derechos
World Rabbit Science. (issn: 1257-5011 ) (eissn: 1989-8886 )
DOI: 10.4995/wrs.2019.12068
Universitat Politècnica de València
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2019.12068
This work was funded by FEDER Funds through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness Factors - COMPETE and National Funds through FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology under the Strategic Projects PEst-C/AGR ...[+]
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