Wild Sheep and Goats and Their Relatives: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for Caprinae

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David M. Shackleton
IUCN, Jan 1, 1997 - Nature - 390 pages
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Wild caprinae, including sheep and goats, are a valuable group of mammals, ranging in size from the 30kg goral to the 350kg musk ox and displaying a variety of horn shape and size as well as coat and body coloration. While most live in mountains, some inhabit desert grasslands, tropical forests or even arctic tundra. Today, many are in danger of being lost forever; over 70% are Threatened and over 30% Endangered or Critical. The main threats are over-harvesting, habitat loss and resource competition from livestock, with an additional threat from trophy hunters. However, conservation legislation is either absent or, more often, poorly enforced. This Action Plan explores the value of caprinae to biodiversity, the threats facing the species, and makes recommendations to reverse current trends.

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