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Call for Papers

Human–Wildlife Interactions seeks to publish submissions spanning all aspects of contemporary wildlife management and human–wildlife interactions. An emphasis on scientific research and management case studies serves to identify and report innovative conservation strategies, technologies, tools, and partnerships that can enhance human–wildlife interactions by mitigating human–wildlife conflicts through direct and indirect management of wildlife and increased stakeholder engagement.

See detailed descriptions of HWI article categories.

Special Topic: 50th Anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971

In 1971, the U.S. Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The Act provided wild horses Equus ferus caballus) and burros (E. asinus; WHBs) on designated federal lands in the United States with legal protection. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service were given responsibility to manage WHBs in ecological balance with other designated land uses. Most recent nationwide wild horse and burro population estimates, as of March 1, 2020, were >95,000 WHBs in 177 BLM-administered herd management areas. This is >3 times the ecological balance of 27,000. Annually, WHB populations can increase 15–20%; thus, the current populations can double every 4–6 years. Increased populations of WHBs are impacting themselves, rangelands, wildlife, and public stakeholders who pay the costs. In the interest the sustainable management of WHBs, Human–Wildlife Interactions is interested in publishing a special topic issue celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

We are interested in publishing papers that synthesize the management, policy, human dimensions, and biological science that have contributed or can contribute to achieving sustainable WHB management in the United States and globally. In particular, we are interested in case studies of local community involvement in WHB management and policy, synthesis of the applications of fertility control in managing WHB populations, public knowledge and perceptions of WHBs and their management, and research evaluating the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of management options to achieve sustainable WHB management. We also encourage letters to the editor that share and describe local experiences in WHB management. Letters submitted would be limited to 4 pages of double-spaced copy to include a map of the area described.

For more information about the special issue, contact Terry Messmer, HWI editor-in-chief, at . Photo on call for papers courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.

The submission deadline for contributing a research article, case study, opinion, commentary, or other manuscript for this special issue is July 1, 2021.

Special Topic: Island Invaders

Islands have long intrigued humans, as their isolation and unique floras and faunas have encouraged visitation, study, and protection. There are many types of islands, ranging from literal islands within oceanic or freshwater environments to other insular systems such as artificial islands created by urbanization, agriculture, or other land uses. Oceanic islands are hotspots for endemic, endangered, and invasive species. Many wildlife species, including mammals, birds, and herpetofauna, are harmful invaders throughout the islands of the world. When invasive wildlife are introduced to islands, scientists and land managers are often challenged to determine the island invaders’ levels of impacts to native species, property, human health and safety, agriculture, and the local economy. Islands have also been testing grounds for new technologies and methods to control, eradicate, and mitigate invasive wildlife and their negative impacts. Much can be learned from the study and management of island invaders and applied to other ecosystems and human–wildlife interactions.

Human–Wildlife Interactions is seeking to publish a special issue containing original contributed papers on a broad scope of island invasive wildlife issues. We welcome applied research and management papers that span all islands of the world. We also welcome papers that synthesize the status, science, and management of island invasive wildlife on national and international scales.

The following team will serve as associate editors for this special issue and can be reached at their listed emails: Aaron Shiels, ; Shane Siers, ; Nicki Frey, .

For more information about the special issue, contact Terry A. Messmer, HWI editor-in-chief, at . Photo on call for papers courtesy of N. Sablan.

The submission deadline for contributing a research article, case study, opinion, commentary, or other manuscript for this special issue is October 1, 2021.

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