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29 September 2015 How do Human Activities Influence the Status and Distribution of Terrestrial Mammals in Forest Reserves?
Sam Mugume, Gilbert Isabirye-Basuta, Emily Otali, Rafael Reyna-Hurtado, Colin A. Chapman
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Tropical forests support a rich biodiversity of terrestrial mammals, yet our knowledge of the conservation of forest reserves is lacking. We investigate the relationship between human activities and the abundance of medium-sized terrestrial mammals within 4 forest reserves in Uganda. These reserves allow firewood collection, timber cutting, gardening, and pole cutting. Illegal hunting also takes place. We found a general decline in terrestrial mammal signs in the reserves compared to the better protected adjacent Kibale National Park. Signs of aardvarks, bushbucks, bush pigs, duikers (blue and red), giant pangolin, giant forest hogs, porcupines, and jackals are still present in some of our reserves.

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Sam Mugume, Gilbert Isabirye-Basuta, Emily Otali, Rafael Reyna-Hurtado, and Colin A. Chapman "How do Human Activities Influence the Status and Distribution of Terrestrial Mammals in Forest Reserves?," Journal of Mammalogy 96(5), 998-1004, (29 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv104
Received: 14 February 2015; Accepted: 8 June 2015; Published: 29 September 2015
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bush pig
bushbuck
duiker
forest reserves
giant forest hog
pangolin
terrestrial mammals
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