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CARELI program kick off

What are the possible effects of "protecting" the fox compared to its classification as "huntable and likely to cause damage (CSOD)"? This is the question that the CARELI ten-year program seeks to answer, initiated by a consortium bringing together the world of agriculture, hunting, and naturalists, with the support of researchers from the University of Franche-Comté.

In 2018, in the department of Doubs, the proposal to classify the fox in the list of species likely to cause damage aroused lively controversy, the stakeholders arguing, about the different components of the regional socio-ecosystem, negative effects of the species (for example predation on game such as hare or on heritage species, damage to chicken coops, etc.) or positive (consumption of grassland voles causing problems for farmers, etc.).

During the debates of the specialized training of the Departmental Commission for Hunting and Wildlife (CDCFS), its members (farmers, hunters, naturalists ...), instead of remaining sterile on their positions, and acknowledging the need to objectively measure the effects of regulatory decision-making, relied on researchers to collectively propose an action research system called CARELI (for CAmpagnol REnard LIèvre) aiming, at the end of the study, to set up adaptive fox management.

First, it is a question of comparing the effects of a difference in status ("protected" species compared to "huntable and included in the list of organisms likely to cause damage") on:

- populations of prairie voles
- hare populations
- contamination of the environment by alveolar echinococcus
- damage to poultry farms (chicken coops ...)
- other measurable species and events (species of nesting birds on the ground, damage to farms...)

This pilot system of concerted surveillance aims, in the long term, not only to provide a certain number of objective answers to questions debated in CDCFS, but above all the establishment of a new approach to this kind of questions relating to multifunctional socio-ecosystems , as well as produce decision support tools. This concerted and collaborative approach could then be extended to the national level, including for other species.

To know more:
- see the full article on the ZAAJ website
In the regional press:
- article published in La terre de chez nous

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