The Netherlands is a pivotal wintering site for arctic breeding geese and therefore has an international responsibility for their conservation. However, geese also cause damage to agriculture.
The government tries to limit this damage by concentrating geese in designated areas and chasing and hunting them in all other agricultural sites. The effects of persecution on population size are estimated using a population model, which incorporates effects on the migratory pathways and reproduction.
NIOO-KNAW, IWWR-RUN, Sovon
Eelke Jongejans, Bart Nolet, Hans de Kroon, Hans Schekkerman