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Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world’s mammals [Royal Society Open Science]

Keywords : wild, meat, bushmeat, hunting, mammals, extinction

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Terrestrial mammals are experiencing a massive collapse in their population sizes and geographical ranges around the world, but many of the drivers, patterns and consequences of this decline remain poorly understood. Here we provide an analysis showing that bushmeat hunting for mostly food and medicinal products is driving a global crisis whereby 301 terrestrial mammal species are threatened with extinction. Nearly all of these threatened species occur in developing countries where major coexisting threats include deforestation, agricultural expansion, human encroachment and competition with livestock.(...)

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