Habitat and management influence on a seasonal diet composition of wild boar

Habitat and management influence on a seasonal diet composition of wild boar The purpose of this study was to compare the diet composition of two wild boar populations living in the Czech Republic, one living in a floodplain, broadleaved, forest (A) and the other in a highland mostly coniferous forest (B). Food consumed by A showed to be mostly of natural origin, while that of B was predominantly supplemented. The diet consisting of natural resources was significantly different than the diet including mainly supplemented food. All diversity indices of food volume were higher in lowland localities compared to highland in all season’s cumulative sample. Similarity of the relative volume and relative frequency gradually decreased from spring to winter. Significant differences were found in wild boar consumption of roots (higher in A), grasses (higher in A), seeds and fruits (higher in B) and cereal husks (higher in B). Differences were also found in body mass of the piglets in A, as piglets were dominant group in both localities. Food supply of the localities and population management by the wildlife managers (supplemented food) were the main factors influencing the diet composition of the wild boar. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biologia Springer Journals

Habitat and management influence on a seasonal diet composition of wild boar

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Subject
Life Sciences; Life Sciences, general; Plant Sciences; Zoology; Cell Biology; Microbiology
ISSN
0006-3088
eISSN
1336-9563
D.O.I.
10.2478/s11756-018-0027-4
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the diet composition of two wild boar populations living in the Czech Republic, one living in a floodplain, broadleaved, forest (A) and the other in a highland mostly coniferous forest (B). Food consumed by A showed to be mostly of natural origin, while that of B was predominantly supplemented. The diet consisting of natural resources was significantly different than the diet including mainly supplemented food. All diversity indices of food volume were higher in lowland localities compared to highland in all season’s cumulative sample. Similarity of the relative volume and relative frequency gradually decreased from spring to winter. Significant differences were found in wild boar consumption of roots (higher in A), grasses (higher in A), seeds and fruits (higher in B) and cereal husks (higher in B). Differences were also found in body mass of the piglets in A, as piglets were dominant group in both localities. Food supply of the localities and population management by the wildlife managers (supplemented food) were the main factors influencing the diet composition of the wild boar.

Journal

BiologiaSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 12, 2018

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