Action: Make introduction of non-native mammals for sporting purposes illegal
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects on native mammals of making introduction of non-native mammals for sporting purposes illegal.
‘We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this intervention during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore, we have no evidence to indicate whether or not the intervention has any desirable or harmful effects.
Mammals introduced for sporting purposes may negatively affect native species. This may be through such processes as predation of native mammals (Saunders et al. 2010), through competition for resources or through hybridising with native species (Reid & Montgomery 2007). Banning importation of non-native mammals for sporting purposes could reduce or prevent further such threats.
Reid N. & Montgomery W.I. (2007) Is naturalisation of the brown hare in Ireland a threat to the endemic Irish hare? Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 107B, 129–138.
Saunders G.R., Gentle M.N. & Dickman C.R. (2010) The impacts and management of foxes Vulpes vulpes in Australia. Mammal Review, 40, 181–211.