Range and status of the Italian hare Lepus corsicanus in Corsica
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Fédération Départementale Chasseurs Haute-Corse
Publication date: 2015-12-30
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2015;26(2):166-168
Though the Italian hare may have been introduced to Corsica, the knowledge on the state of its insular population are today of interest, given the fragile status of the species in mainland Italia. In order to draw the first distribution maps of L. corsicanus in Corsica, we have collected all observations of the species between 2002 and 2012 based on molecular or phenotypic criteria. The distribution of Italian hare covers three regions of the island, for a total surface area of close to 2900 km2, 97% of which is situated in a single region, Haute-Corse. In the main range, larger in size than the known areas in the Italian peninsula, the species seemed to be experiencing some growth. In both other parts of the island (Cap Corse and Sagone) the situation of the species has proven to be much more precarious, the small size of the populations or the hybridization being important threats to the species. This assessment shows the necessity to implement appropriate measures to improve the situation for the species on the island.
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