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Gewählte Doctoral Thesis:

Johanna Maria Arnold (2018): Red deer (Cervus elaphus) management in a subalpine forest in Austria after windthrow events.
Doctoral Thesis - Institut für Wildbiologie und Jagdwirtschaft (IWJ), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 132. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
For many centuries humans and wild animals compete for natural resources. Due to the increasing anthropogenic land use and intense hunting, wild ungulates, especially red deer (Cervus elaphus), are increasingly being forced back into the forest as a habitat and natural control mechanisms are disturbed to such an extent that grave problems could arise. In addition, forestry and game management are often controversial. Important interactions between humans, animals, and the environment have so far been taken into account too little, and consequently, there was a lack of holistic, ecological thinking and action. The multifaceted ecological interdependence of the game damage problem (multiple uses of the landscape, reduction of the biotope carrying capacity for ungulates, excessive ungulate stocks with increasingly difficult game hunting, restoration of the protection forest, etc.) requires integral and large-scale combinations of measures with a view to rapid and sustainable problem-solving. The aim of the project is to establish a decision support system for the development of a sustainable strategy for integrative forest and game management for red deer at an enterprise-level, with particular attention to windthrow risk. The basis for this is formed by two modules. In a wildlife-ecology module habitat suitability, forest susceptibility to game damage, and habitat use by red deer are analyzed. Further, the most common strategy for mitigating deer damage, the diversionary feeding, has exemplarily been analyzed with respect to habitat selection of red deer in subalpine environments. Concurrently, possible pros and cons, derived from science-based knowledge, of this measure are demonstrated. In the silvicultural module, the basics for forest regeneration, forest structure, risk analysis, and alternative actions are created. Both modules will be integrated into a final module in order to optimize the overall operating result. For this purpose, differentiated action strategies are suggested and principles for a wildlife ecological spatial planning corresponding to the objectives of the enterprise are pointed out. Hands-on advice for forest practitioners and wildlife managers is highlighted.

Betreuer: Hackländer Klaus
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2. Berater: Hochbichler Eduard

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