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Fires in Nature: A Review of the Challenges for Wild Animals

Version 1 : Received: 3 August 2020 / Approved: 5 August 2020 / Online: 5 August 2020 (10:26:16 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 27 August 2020 / Approved: 28 August 2020 / Online: 28 August 2020 (08:50:40 CEST)

How to cite: Gutierrez, J.; de Miguel, J. Fires in Nature: A Review of the Challenges for Wild Animals. Preprints 2020, 2020080124 Gutierrez, J.; de Miguel, J. Fires in Nature: A Review of the Challenges for Wild Animals. Preprints 2020, 2020080124

Abstract

Animals living in the wild are exposed to numerous challenges, such as fires, that can lead to animal suffering. The impacts of fire have been studied in different branches of ecology, but studies of its effects on the welfare of individual animals remain scarce. The current review aims to synthesize a sample of relevant aspects regarding fire’s negative effects on wild animals. This review provides a better understanding of how fire compromises animal welfare, providing an example of how to use the knowledge gathered in ecology studies to examine the welfare of wild animals. It can help raise concern for the situation of wild animals as individuals, and to develop the field of welfare biology, by identifying promising future lines of research. The fundamentals of carrying out future work to design protocols for rescuing animals or preventing the harms they can suffer in fires is also explored.

Subject Areas

animal suffering; animal welfare; fires; wild animals

Comments (1)

Comment 1
Received: 28 August 2020
Commenter: Jara Gutierrez
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: This review has been modified through minor changes, mainly in the correction of the format of some references where small mistakes were found, as well as in the improvement of the fluency of the paragraphs and the order of some of the epigraphs, e.g. in Results: "Injuries and mortality" before "Flight from the fire", following the chronological order of challenges that animals have during a fire.
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