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Title: Farmer Perceptions of the Ecosystem Services Provided by Scavengers: What, Who, and to Whom
Authors: Morales-Reyes, Zebensui
Martín-López, Berta
Moleón, Marcos
Mateo-Tomás, Patricia 
Botella, Francisco
Margalida, Antoni
Donázar, José A.
Blanco, Guillermo
Pérez, Irene
Sánchez-Zapata, José A.
Keywords: Carrion removal; functional diversity; predators; traditional farming; transhumance; vultures
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Project: MINECO and ERDF (project CGL2015-66966-C2-1-R) 
pre-doctoral grant (FPU12/00823) and a mobility grant (EST15/00741) from the MECD 
Severo Ochoa Program for Centres of Excellence in R+D+I (SEV-2012- 0262) and by a research contract Ram´on y Cajal from the MINECO (RYC-2015-19231) 
FCT - SFRH/BPD/112437/2015 
research contract Ramón y Cajal from the MINECO (RYC-2012- 11867) 
Serial title, monograph or event: Conservation Letters
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Abstract: A socioecological approach to biodiversity conservation has recently been encouraged. We examined farmer perceptions of ecosystem services provided by scavenging vertebrates in Spain through face-to-face surveys with farmers in seven large extensive livestock systems. Scavenging services (i.e., carrion consumption) was the most perceived benefit whereas the role of some scavengers as predators was the most recognized damage. The most beneficial scavengers perceived were vultures. Overall, we detected a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” paradox as the same species and species within the same guild can be dually perceived as beneficial or harmful. Our findings provide evidence that traditional extensive farming linked to experience-based and local ecological knowledge drives positive perceptions of scavengers and their consideration as ecosystem services providers. Research on social perceptions can contribute to the conservation of scavengers by raising awareness about the ecosystem services provided by this functional group.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10316/107538
ISSN: 1755263X
DOI: 10.1111/conl.12392
Rights: openAccess
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