Understanding the relationship between farmers and burrowing mammals on South African farms : are burrowers friends or foes?

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dc.contributor.author Foster, Izak B.
dc.contributor.author McIntyre, Trevor
dc.contributor.author Haussmann, N.S. (Natalie)
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-18T07:42:03Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12
dc.description.abstract Burrowing mammals are ubiquitous on farms in South Africa and can hinder agricultural practices. This study explored farmer perspectives of these species, and specifically the factors that influence these perspectives. Forty-four farmers responded to a questionnaire that assessed their ecological knowledge of, tolerance towards and lethal management of burrowing mammals that occur on their farms. The results from generalised linear models showed that neither farmer age, nor level of education are accurate predictors of ecological knowledge, overall tolerance towards burrowers, or their lethal management. Knowledge of burrowing mammals showed a significant relationship with tolerance, with more knowledgeable individuals displaying higher levels of tolerance. However, a farmer’s overall tolerance towards burrowing species did not affect the number of species managed. Our results also suggest that different values are attached to different species when it comes to lethal management. Thus, farmers commonly controlled the numbers of the problem rodent species, Highveld gerbil (Gerbilliscus brantsii) and Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris), but were less likely to manage black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) and warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), even when experiencing these as problematic. We suggest that the larger, more charismatic species possibly evoke more sympathy from farmers. Agro-ecosystems are likely to become increasingly important for conservation in the future, and we encourage continued studies on the environmental attitudes and approaches of agricultural practitioners as a means to understanding the current status and future trends in ecologically sustainable agriculture. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2020-05-13
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation of South Africa for the Grant, unique Grant No. 95741. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://link.springer.com/journal/10460 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Foster, I.B., McIntyre, T. & Haussmann, N.S.Understanding the relationship between farmers and burrowing mammals on South African farms: are burrowers friends or foes?. Agriculture and Human Values (2019) 36: 719-731. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-019-09939-w. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0889-048X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1572-8366 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s10460-019-09939-w
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/70763
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
dc.rights © Springer Nature B.V. 2019. The original publication is available at : http://link.springer.com/journal/10460. en_ZA
dc.subject Sustainable agriculture en_ZA
dc.subject Lethal management en_ZA
dc.subject Farmer perceptions en_ZA
dc.subject Ecological knowledge en_ZA
dc.subject Burrowing mammal en_ZA
dc.subject Agro-ecosystem en_ZA
dc.title Understanding the relationship between farmers and burrowing mammals on South African farms : are burrowers friends or foes? en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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