Title: Mountainbiking and wildlife : disturbance experiments with roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in Switzerland
Authors : Wyttenbach, Martin
Graf, Roland Felix
Sigrist, Benjamin
Karlen, Barbara
Rupf, Reto
Proceedings: Monitoring and management of visitors in recreational and protected areas : abstract book
Conference details: MMV 8, Novi Sad, Serbia, 26 - 30 September 2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution : University of Novi Sad
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Novi Sad
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Not specified
Type of review: Peer review (Abstract)
Language : English
Subjects : Mountain biking; Visitor management; Wildlife disturbance; Recreation management
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
Abstract: In addition to being the main habitat of European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), forests provide diverse and outstanding settings for recreational activities such as hiking, horse riding and mountain biking (Jacsman, 1990). The effects of new patterns of recreational use such as night rides with bright floodlights are hotly discussed topics associated with the management of recreational forests. Animal ecology so far has mainly focused on spatio-temporal behaviour of individuals in undisturbed remote areas, while research on human behaviour mainly focused on visitor conflicts in highly frequented recreational forests (Arnberger, 2006). Therefore, our knowledge about the effects of new recreational activities on wildlife is currently insufficient. We studied the effects of mountain biking events on the immediate spatio-temporal reaction and subsequent habitat use of roe deer. Furthermore, we compared the effect of on-trail mountain bike events with other disturbance events that occurred off-trail such as hunting, orienteering and on site observations.
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Conference Other
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/13637
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Wildtier und Mensch im Naherholungsraum
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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