Recalibrating risk: Implications of squirrelpox virus for successful red squirrel translocations within mainland UK

Shuttleworth, Craig M., Brady, Deborah, Cross, Paul, Gardner, Laura, Greenwood, Andrew, Jackson, Nick, McKinney, Conor, Robinson, Nikki, Trotter, Stephen, Valle, Simon, Wood, Kim and Hayward, Matt W. (2020) Recalibrating risk: Implications of squirrelpox virus for successful red squirrel translocations within mainland UK. Conservation Science and Practice . Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

Introduced grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) cause native red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) decline via resource competition (Wauters, Gurnell, Martinoli, & Tosi, 2002) and carry squirrelpox virus (SQPV). Infection is sporadically transmitted to red squirrels and spreads within the population—precipitating disease. Sainsbury et al. (2020) assert that UK mainland red squirrel reintroductions cannot be justified in light of international guidance and that translocations will fail because of SQPV. They suggest animal suffering will result because grey squirrel control cannot be sufficient to prevent epidemic disease amongst sympatric red squirrels.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Conservation Science and Practice
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2578-4854
Departments: Departments > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 20-11-2020; issued 20-11-2020. ** Licence for VoR version of this article starting on 20-11-2020: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 14:47
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 14:05
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5800

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