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See detailI know what you did last summer - High resolution mapping of wild boar damages with drones
Michez, Adrien ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lehaire, François ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 01)

Wild boar ability to cause important damages to agricultural lands is not anymore to be demonstrated. These damages often raise conflicts between farmers and hunters due to the associated economic losses ... [more ▼]

Wild boar ability to cause important damages to agricultural lands is not anymore to be demonstrated. These damages often raise conflicts between farmers and hunters due to the associated economic losses. Objective and accurate method for real impact assessment of losses suffered by farmers is thus needed. Currently,in Wallonia damage assessment is performed from the ground by experts, asked to evaluate precisely the area impacted. This task is time and man power consuming. Moreover, damaged areas are often large and consequently, sampling is mandatory and can induce accuracy issues. Recent development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV / drone) toghether with lower cost and better accessibility for civil society and scientific community, makes now possible the use of this technology for wildlife researches. Through photogrammetric 3D reconstruction of the field crop, UAV can allow to objectively and precisely measure the area impacted by wild boar damages. In a context of increasing issues caused by wild boar to agriculture, and the need for stakeholders for accurate impact assessment, we tested an innovative approach to estimate more effectively the area impacted by wild boar. [less ▲]

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See detailLes indicateurs de la pression du cerf élaphe sur la végétation du sous-bois en forêts feuillues tempérées : synthèse bibliographique
Lehaire, François ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(2), 262-272

During the last decades, the populations of large herbivores have increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated and has reached in some forests levels that reduced the ... [more ▼]

During the last decades, the populations of large herbivores have increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated and has reached in some forests levels that reduced the diversity of forest ecosystem services. Assessing the balance between timber production and hunting remains a crucial question for forest users (foresters, hunters) and requires reliable tools such as ecological indicators. This paper reviews the ecological indicators that characterize the pressure of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) on understory vegetation in temperate deciduous forest. Such indicators monitor the cover, height, stem density, biomass and species diversity of different indicator plant groups. These plant groups embrace species belonging to herbaceous stratum, forest regeneration or particular species such as bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and bramble (Rubus fruticosus L.). The choice of indicator plants, as it affects considerably the performance of the ecological indicator of deer pressure on understory vegetation, must be carried out with caution taking into account plant abundance and palatability. The reviewed indicators help to understand the relationships between biodiversity, carrying capacity and deer populations. They are intended to forest managers that would like to monitor red deer pressure in regards to forest management goals and forest sustainability. [less ▲]

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See detailFine-scale analysis of ungulate-vehicle collisions in Southern Belgium
maron, Julie; Lehaire, François ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2013, August)

Ungulate-vehicle collisions (UVC) are an increasing phenomenon in many European countries. These road accidents are a threat to wildlife populations but also to human safety and generate high economic ... [more ▼]

Ungulate-vehicle collisions (UVC) are an increasing phenomenon in many European countries. These road accidents are a threat to wildlife populations but also to human safety and generate high economic costs. Wallonia, the Southern part of Belgium, is also affected by the UVC problem and offers an interesting study area because of its very dense road network and increasing big game populations. The aim of our study was to determine where and when UVC hotspots occurred along highways in Wallonia, in order to provide recommendations regarding the location and design of mitigation measures. The study site is located in Wallonia (Southern Belgium) in the provinces of Liege and Namur (5,875 km²). Ungulates species present in this area are wild boar, roe deer and red deer. The UVC data were collected by the police and covered the period between 2008 and 2011 (n= 2,704). We analyzed the landscape and road-related variables of sections with high UVC risk in contrast with section of low risk. The landscape and road-related variables related to the location of UVC were highlighted using a generalized linear model (GLM) with simulated pseudo-absences. Concerning traffic accidents, the most involved game species are wild boar (37% of all casualties). That’s why the amount of data on wild boar was higher than for the other species. The results of the spatial and temporal analysis of wild boar-vehicle collisions (WVC) are therefore more accurate than for the other species. Consequently we decided to focused on the wild boar in the present poster. Temporal analysis showed strong variations in the WVC frequency over time, on the daily and seasonal scale. These critical periods correspond to the activity periods of the species (more UVC at night and during autumn and winter). The study also points out a negative correlation between the occurrence of UVC and the traffic volume (R² = 9.79%). This result doesn’t match with the literature but can be explained if we assume that when traffic increase, the road represents a more impassable barrier for animal species. As expected we also noticed a positive correlation between game density and UVC risk. These results indicate clear spatial and temporal clustering of WVC. Identification of hotspots enables us to identify the priority areas where mitigation measures must be considered. For further research, the accuracy of the police data should be improved in order to predict more exactly the risk of UVC. This would also make the mitigation measures more cost-effective. [less ▲]

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See detailWild boar movement ecology: what do we (don’t) know ?
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Prévot, Céline; Lehaire, François ULg et al

Poster (2013, August)

Although subject of many researches since decades, movement studies have been recently enhanced by the emergence of the movement ecology paradigm (Nathan 2008). Under this paradigm, Nathan et al. (2008 ... [more ▼]

Although subject of many researches since decades, movement studies have been recently enhanced by the emergence of the movement ecology paradigm (Nathan 2008). Under this paradigm, Nathan et al. (2008) proposed to break down movement of animal into four basic mechanistic components: i) internal states (motivation, physiology, why to move ?), ii) motion capacities (how to move ?), iii) navigation capacities and (when and where to move ?) and iv) external factors (physical environment and living organisms – conspecifics or not). Considering these four components of an individual’s movement, we reviewed literature dealing with wild boar (Sus scrofa L.), a species of important ecological and socio-economic concern, and tried to identify the key processes influencing this species’ movement. We conclude this review of the literature by highlighting the gaps in movement ecology of wild boar and suggesting further research directions under the light of the most recent used techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailBioindicators for measurement of red deer pressure on understory vegetation in temperate deciduous forests
Lehaire, François ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg et al

Poster (2013, August)

During the last decades, populations of large herbivores have largely increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated, reaching in some cases levels that reduced the ... [more ▼]

During the last decades, populations of large herbivores have largely increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated, reaching in some cases levels that reduced the diversity of forest ecosystem services. Assessing the balance between timber production and hunting activities remains a crucial question for forest managers who hence need reliable tools such as ecological indicators. Our aim was to review ecological indicators that characterize the pressure of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) on understory vegetation in temperate deciduous forest ecosystem. The choice of plants on which the variables are measured is crucial to accurately characterize the deer pressure. This choice must take into account the feeding behavior of red deer, silvicultural objectives, ease of the measurement and the occurrence of these plants within the studied habitat. Generally, it is more appropriate to use common species with a wide ecological amplitude. The choice of indicator plants must take into account plant abundance and palatability, as they both affects considerably the performance of the ecological indicator. The variability of indicators generally increases with the scarcity of the chosen indicator plant. Therefore, choosing abundant plant species appear often the best solution as the resulting have a lower variability and hence enable better to detect changes of deer pressure. At low herbivore pressure, palatable species to offer quick response to the pressure variations. Palatable species are therefore reliable plant indicator especially if these is a good balance between game population and forestry. At excessive herbivore pressure, non-palatable species are preferred. In this case, the variability of ecological indicator is smaller with non palatable plant than with palatable plant. Ecological indicators of deer pressure help to understand the relationships between biodiversity, carrying capacity and deer populations. They are intended to forest managers that would like to monitor red deer pressure in regards to forest management goals and forest sustainability. [less ▲]

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See detailLES ENCLOS-EXCLOS : UNE TECHNIQUE ÉPROUVÉE POUR L’ÉVALUATION ET LE MONITORING DE L’ÉQUILIBRE FORÊT-GRANDE FAUNE
Lehaire, François ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Licoppe, Alain ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2013), 125

During the last decades, populations of large ungulate herbivores have increased and their influence on forest vegetation have been clearly highlighted. Therefore, monitoring game pressure have become ... [more ▼]

During the last decades, populations of large ungulate herbivores have increased and their influence on forest vegetation have been clearly highlighted. Therefore, monitoring game pressure have become unavoidable for sustainable forest management. Such monitoring require a rigorous approach in order to evaluate objectively the forest-game balance. Under these conditions, the use of exclosure experiment has appeared an interesting solution. They enable to observe the ecosystem evolution due to forest-game imbalance as well as to detect any early deterioration of a situation that was initially considered acceptable. The enclosure-exclosure devices compare, on the one hand, the real environment (exclosure) fully accessible by wildlife and, secondly, a “control” fenced habitat (enclosures) inaccessible to all populations of large ungulates (e.g. wild boar, red deer, roe deer and mouflon). In 2006, enclosure-exclosure devices (4 x 4 m) were installed within forest gaps in order to monitore the understory dynamic in Wallonia. Observations were collected until 2012 and we computed a set of indicators characterizing the ecological changes due to large herbivores pressure on forest ecosystems. Such devices played a key educational role as it provide a visual comparison of two contrasted situations. Additionally, quantitative information were collected to perform further analysis (floristic survey, as well as height, number of stems and the cover of vegetation). We identified indicators of the ecological changes that responded within two years whereas other indicators required at least 4 monitoring years in order to quantify correctly herbivore pressure. Short-term indicators allow a rapid detection, but they have the disadvantage of being very sensitive to exogenous factors (climate changes, site conditions). At the opposite, medium-term indicators, such as regeneration growth, require a longer monitoring period, but they are more robust (mitigation interannual variations of environmental factors) than the short-term indicators. We evaluated the relative efficiency of various indicators using 17 enclosures distributed in two zones with contrasted deer densities. Some of the tested indicators allowed detecting significant differences between the two zones (Student's t test). In particular, among the short-term indicators we obtained significant result with the ground vegetation richness, regeneration richness, seedling density and height of Rubus fruticosus L. and Rubus idaeus L.. Among the medium-term indicators, the most relevant indicators were the average height of beech and birch, ground vegetation richness, seedling density and total cover of vegetation. [less ▲]

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See detailCollisions entre véhicules et animaux en liberté : état des lieux à partir d'une enquête au sein de la police
Lehaire, François ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2013), 122

Les accidents de la route impliquant des animaux sauvages sont de plus en plus nombreux. En se basant sur les données recueillies par les zones de police en Wallonie, il est possible d’avoir une vision ... [more ▼]

Les accidents de la route impliquant des animaux sauvages sont de plus en plus nombreux. En se basant sur les données recueillies par les zones de police en Wallonie, il est possible d’avoir une vision plus claire de la problématique. Dans le cas du cerf et du sanglier, il apparaît clairement que la hausse des accidents est liée à l’augmentation de leurs populations. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-temporal patterns of wildlife-vehicle collisions in a region with a high-density road network
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lehaire, François ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

in Nature Conservation (2013), (5), 53-73

This paper is the first to report data on wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) in Wallonia, southern Belgium, characterised by one of the densest road network worldwide. With the collaboration of police we ... [more ▼]

This paper is the first to report data on wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) in Wallonia, southern Belgium, characterised by one of the densest road network worldwide. With the collaboration of police we identified 3965 accidents involving “free ranging animal” between 2003 and 2011. We observed that these accidents with free ranging animals result in 13% of cases in injuries for the drivers or passengers, and in less than 1% of cases in fatalities (death). 78% of these casualties involve wild animals, among which wild boar take the largest part (39% ). During the covered period we observed an annual increase of WVC of 21%. For wild boar and red deer, this increase was significantly correlated with hunting statistics, used as an index of population density. The temporal analysis demonstrated an increase of WVC during night time with peak of accidents at dusk and dawn. Monthly distribution revealed the role of breeding, dispersal and hunting in shaping temporal patterns of accidents. Spatial analysis, focusing on wild boar, roe deer, red deer and red fox demonstrated clustering of accidents for all these species, until scale between 20 to 70 km. Mapping of accidents via Kernel density analysis permitted us to highlight areas with high risk of WVC risk. Our study suggests that the problem of car accidents due to wildlife is an increasing concern in Wallonia but results on spatial and temporal patterns should help for setting up mitigation measures in the most sensible areas. Moreover we suggest that police data source should be used for nationwide analysis and for comparison between countries. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiel de dispersion du sanglier et historique de la colonisation de la plaine agricole
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Prévot, Céline

in Forêt Wallonne (2012, December), 121

Les populations de sangliers augmentent en nombre et étendent leur aire de répartition un peu partout en Europe. En Wallonie, la population de sangliers a quadruplé en 30 ans. Plusieurs études se sont ... [more ▼]

Les populations de sangliers augmentent en nombre et étendent leur aire de répartition un peu partout en Europe. En Wallonie, la population de sangliers a quadruplé en 30 ans. Plusieurs études se sont penchées sur le sujet et les raisons de cette augmentation concernent souvent l’influence du climat. Grâce aux différents suivis réalisés par le DEMNA, les déplacements au sein des populations de sangliers sont mieux compris. L’article se penche d’abord sur le potentiel de dispersion du sanglier en se basant sur les données de bagage de marcassins. Deux variables sont analysées : la distance parcourue dans le cadre de la dispersion natale (mouvement à sens unique à partir du site de naissance d’un individu jusqu’à son site de première reproduction) et le taux de cette dispersion natale. Quelques résultats provenant d’une étude génétique sont également présentés. Le génotypage de 1153 sangliers répartis sur l’ensemble de la Wallonie a mis en évidence quatre sous-populations génétiquement homogènes. Parallèlement à l’augmentation de la taille de ses populations, le sanglier a vu son aire de distribution s’accroître en Wallonie. Un suivi par enquête a été réalisé auprès des conseils cynégétiques et des agents du DNF pour mieux comprendre l’expansion géographique observée. Une première phase de l’enquête visait à retracer l’expansion géographique du sanglier en Wallonie. La seconde phase consistait à réaliser un état des lieux sur la situation actuelle de la distribution du sanglier en périphérie du sillon Sambre-et-Meuse. [less ▲]

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See detailGame species monitoring using road–based distance sampling in association with thermal imagers: a covariate analysis
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Bouché, Philippe; Lehaire, François ULg et al

in Animal Biodiversity and Conservation (2012), 35(2), 253-265

Monitoring of game species populations is necessary to adequately assess culling by hunters in areas where natural large predators are absent. However, game managers have to control several species and ... [more ▼]

Monitoring of game species populations is necessary to adequately assess culling by hunters in areas where natural large predators are absent. However, game managers have to control several species and they often lack of an efficient and convenient survey design method. Monitoring several species at that same time over large areas could thus be cost– and time–effective. We tested the influence of several factors during monitoring of three common game species, (wild boar, roe deer and red fox, using road–based distance sampling in association with thermal imagers. This pilot survey based on 20 night counts in five contrasting sites studied the effect of several covariates (species, thermal imaging, observer, group size, and habitat type) on the detection probabilities. No differences were observed between thermal imagers and group sizes , but we found differences between observers . Expected differences were also observed between species and between habitat type. Our results show that the detectability of low cost thermal imaging equipment is similar to that of more expensive methods, highlighting new possibilities for the use of thermal imagery by game managers. Although adjustments should be made to the study design our findings suggest that large–scale multi–species monitoring could be an efficient method for common game species. [less ▲]

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See detailFour Ws and one H: Movement ecology of wild boar
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Conference (2012, October 04)

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See detailOverview of animal related-accidents in one of the world’s densest road network region
Lehaire, François ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2012, October)

With its 4.7 km/km² of public roads, Southern Belgium (Wallonia) has one of the densest road network of Western Europe. This network as well as the observed increase in main game species populations (red ... [more ▼]

With its 4.7 km/km² of public roads, Southern Belgium (Wallonia) has one of the densest road network of Western Europe. This network as well as the observed increase in main game species populations (red deer, roe deer and wild boar) make Wallonia an interesting region for studying the patterns of traffic accidents caused by animals. Moreover, compared to most of European countries, no statistics are available for this area. To shed light on the current situation of wildlife roadkills, the police database of traffic accident statement was thoroughly investigated. Those statements concern accidents that occurred between 2006 and 2010. Each record includes date, time, species involved and information about the location of the accident event. Based on this dataset, we have analysed (i) composition and percentage of involved species, (ii) the consequence (material damages / bodily injuries), (iii) the spatial (type of roads, proximity to landscape features, ‘hot spot’ map) and (iv) temporal (daily, weekly and seasonal) distribution of animal-related accidents. In conclusion future research perspectives are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors influencing wild boar presence in agricultural landscape: a habitat suitability modelling approach
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Conference (2012, September 04)

The wild boar (Sus scrofa L.) population has increased in most parts of Europe during the last three decades. As a consequence, population distribution ranges have shifted to more agricultural areas ... [more ▼]

The wild boar (Sus scrofa L.) population has increased in most parts of Europe during the last three decades. As a consequence, population distribution ranges have shifted to more agricultural areas. These newly colonized areas are characterized by highly fragmented forest cover and a preponderance of crop fields and grasslands, thus increasing the risk of problematic interactions with farming activities and small game species. Although plasticity of wild boar to various environmental conditions is well known, understanding the ecological patterns that promote the density distribution of the species within agricultural areas remains of importance for adapted management strategies within these landscapes. Inside a recently occupied area (between 10-30 years of wild boar regular presence) of southern Belgium, we studied the relation between occurences of wild boar population, estimated by hunting bag and crop damages, with a set of environmental, anthropic and landscape variables. We used Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) approach to analyze the data. Considering the main factors known to favour wild boar distribution, we hypothesized that crop fields providing cover and food, deciduous forest (providing mast) and water stream density are the main factors influencing the wild boar density distribution. The results are used to derive a habitat suitability map of wild boar distribution in northern Wallonia where wild boar recently starts to spread. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Sanglier: potentiel de dispersion et historique de colonisation de la plaine agricole
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Prévot, Céline

Conference (2012, June 26)

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See detailChapitre 12 : Les mares, petits terrains d’Histoire et d’histoires
Castiaux, Annick; Morelle, Kevin ULg

in Van Dam, Denise (Ed.) Agroécologie - entre pratiques et sciences sociales (2012)

Cet ouvrage nous conduit aux quatre coins du monde. On y découvre des expériences d’agroforesterie en Inde, le développement de l’agriculture biologique en Alsace, la mise en place de certi!cation ... [more ▼]

Cet ouvrage nous conduit aux quatre coins du monde. On y découvre des expériences d’agroforesterie en Inde, le développement de l’agriculture biologique en Alsace, la mise en place de certi!cation participative au Brésil, ou encore le fonctionnement de groupements d’achats alimentaires en Belgique… Ces expériences ont en commun de promouvoir une agriculture et une alimentation soucieuses des principes de l’écologie. Cet ouvrage est ainsi un des premiers en langue française à présenter les recherches qui se font dans le domaine de l’agroécologie, un courant qui se développe depuis une trentaine d’années, principalement aux États-Unis et en Amérique latine. Les multiples expériences sont analysées à travers le prisme des sciences sociales. On s’interroge sur le rôle des différents acteurs (paysans, consommateurs, …), sur la manière dont les initiatives s’inscrivent dans les territoires et sur les modes de régulation assurés par les pouvoirs publics. [less ▲]

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See detailWild boar and roe deer monitoring with road-based surveys and thermal imaging
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Conference (2011, September 08)

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See detailSpatial dynamics of wild boar population: Insights from a hunters' survey
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe; Mengal, Coralie ULg

Poster (2011, May 02)

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