Large herbivores can naturally reduce the risk of wildfires, and the need for greater investment in firefighting resources, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Both domestic and wild herbivores can be deployed for “targeted grazing” which creates natural fire breaks in remote areas. This can be a particularly effective strategy in areas where land has been abandoned, often driven by socio-economic factors, and the abandonment results in the regrowth of combustible shrubs and bushes. Municipalities can replace considerably more expensive options like mechanical vegetation removal by allowing large herbivores to do what they do best.
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