In New Zealand, introduced brown hares (Lepus europaeus) are present in many sub-alpine and alpine habitats. In 1995, five Department of Conservation Conservancies documented their concerns that hares may be causing unacceptable damage to such areas, particularly in the alpine grasslands. It was acknowledged, however that hare impacts are difficult to separate from those of rabbits, possums and larger grazing mammals. In response, the Department of Conservation commissioned this review of the existing literature on assessment and management of hare impacts on high altitude vegetation.
|Author||Wong, V. and Hickling, G. J.|
|Secondary title||Science for Conservation 116|
|Publisher||Department of Conservation|