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Title: Installation of devices in water tanks to prevent drowning of wild animals (Instalacion de Estructuras Dentro de Tanques de Agua Para Evitar El Ahogamiento de Animales Silvestres)

Author: Lafon, Alberto;

Date: 2006

Source: In: Basurto, Xavier; Hadley, Diana, eds. 2006. Grasslands ecosystems, endangered species, and sustainable ranching in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands: Conference proceedings. RMRS-P-40. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 106-110

Publication Series: Proceedings (P)

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Description: Domestic farm and ranch properties use a variety of water retention structures and water supply infrastructures that benefit wildlife. Some water supply systems, however, are harmful to wild birds, small mammals, and reptiles. Water supply systems include metal water tanks, cemented reservoirs, or excavated earthen retention ponds (or tanques as they are known in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States). Wildlife may drown in water tanks, when drinking, bathing or catching previously trapped animals. This problem is more common in arid and semiarid areas, where natural water sources are absent. In the last two years we have found many drowned birds-of-prey in certain well-monitored areas in Chihuahua. Drownings may be more widespread than previously believed, and as such should be addressed immediately.

Keywords: semi-arid grasslands, endangered species, sustainable ranching, Mexico-U.S. borderlands, water retention structures, water supply infrastructures

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Lafon, Alberto 2006. Installation of devices in water tanks to prevent drowning of wild animals (Instalacion de Estructuras Dentro de Tanques de Agua Para Evitar El Ahogamiento de Animales Silvestres). In: Basurto, Xavier; Hadley, Diana, eds. 2006. Grasslands ecosystems, endangered species, and sustainable ranching in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands: Conference proceedings. RMRS-P-40. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 106-110

 


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