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Predators persecuted in the Asir Region, South-western Saudi Arabia.

Cunningham, PL and Wronski, T and Al Ageel, K (2009) Predators persecuted in the Asir Region, South-western Saudi Arabia. Wildlife Middle east News, 4 (1). ISSN 1990-8237

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Abstract

Predators are never popular in rural farming areas where they are viewed as actual or potential stock raiders and consequently actively persecuted where encountered. As a result of this human- predator conflict numbers of especially the bigger predators such as leopard, wolf and hyena have declined dramatically throughout their natural range in Saudi Arabia.
Globally Wolves (Canis lupus) are classified as Least Concern (Mech & Boitani 2008) while striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is classified as Near Threatened (Arumugam, Wagner & Mills 2008) by the IUCN. According to Mech & Boitani (2004) 500 to 600 Arabian wolves (C. l. pallipes Sykes 1831) are estimated from the Arabian Peninsula while Nader (1996) views wolves with more or less stable populations in Saudi Arabia although still considered rare. Striped hyena, with populations estimated between 300 to 400 animals, is steadily declining in Saudi Arabia (Nader 1996) and expected at lower densities than wolves.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: IUCN Canid Specialist Group
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 12:01
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 12:01
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6893

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