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 Habitat and reproductive phenology of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the western Iberian Peninsula
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title: Habitat and reproductive phenology of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the western Iberian Peninsula
authors: Santos, P.
Fernandez-Llario, P.
Fonseca, C.
Monzon, A.
Bento, P.
Soares, A. M. V. M.
Mateos-Quesada, P.
Petrucci-Fonseca, F.
keywords: Sus scrof
Birth frequency distribution
Hunting season
Mediterranean Ibero Atlantic Province
issue date: 2006
publisher: Springer Verlag
abstract: We examined the reproductive phenology of wild boar populations in four regions of the western Iberian Peninsula during the 1999/2000 hunting season (October-February). To estimate conception dates and birth distribution frequencies, we used foetal weights. Regions differed significantly, and we detected a relationship between region and birth distribution frequencies. Throughout the year, food availability had a major influence on the distribution of farrowing. Although a short period of high food availability leads to highly synchronous births, even in relatively harsh environmental conditions, adult females that exploit low-quality food items appear to be able to give birth at any time of the year.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10773/5326
ISSN: 1612-4642
publisher version/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10344-005-0025-z
source: European Journal of Wildlife Research
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