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Identifying priority conservation areas for a recovering brown bear population in Greece using citizen science data

Published on Jul 5, 2019in Animal Conservation3.048
· DOI :10.1111/acv.12522
A.‐S. Bonnet‐Lebrun (University of Montpellier), Alexandros A. Karamanlidis16
Estimated H-index: 16
(NMBU: Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
+ 2 AuthorsOlivier Gimenez41
Estimated H-index: 41
(University of Montpellier)
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