The 2017 Issue of BioScience
- Vol. 67, No. 11 -
A Forum for Integrating the Life Sciences
Publishing 12 times a year. ISSN 0006-3568.
Feral goats such as this one are found on hundreds of islands worldwide, where they threaten native biodiversity, but efforts to remove them have often failed. In one of the most successful conservation interventions in the last century, a quarter million feral goats were removed from the Galapagos Islands by the careful use of an innovative technique-the evolutionary trap. Evolutionary traps are cases in which rapid environmental change tricks animals into preferring to do the riskiest things. They represent an emerging conservation threat to native species but a potentially powerful tool in the effort to combat invasive and pest species, if wielded by conservationists. In an article in this issue, Bruce A. Robertson and his colleagues discuss this novel approach for species control. Photograph: iStock.com/HugoValle88.
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