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WS 2011 Research Needs Assessment

Ranking of Species/Species Groups

Eighty-six federal employees specified a species or species group in their written descriptions of their top three research needs.  Feral swine and coyotes/canids by far were the species most frequently mentioned, followed by beavers and blackbirds/starlings.  Feral swine and coyotes/canids also topped the written list of problems specified by state and private respondents, followed by bears, deer, and cormorants. 

Number of federal respondents who identified various species or species groups as a top three priority research need.

 

Species/Species Group

No. of Respondents

Feral swine

24

Coyotes/canids

23

Beavers/nutria

13

Blackbirds/starlings

10

Crows/ravens

6

Geese

6

Birds (misc.)

5

Vultures

5

Snakes/herps

5

Bears

3

Raptors

3

Deer

2

Cormorants

2

 

 


 

                                                                                  
*Pigeons, ravens, sage grouse, amphibians, big game (general), canines (general), carnivores (general), corvids (general), feral cats, gulls, mesocarnivores, mountain lions, piping plover, prairie dogs, raccoons, rodents (general), salmonids, sandhill cranes, skunks, sparrows, ungulates (general), and woodpeckers were each mentioned by one respondent.      

Number of state and private respondents who identified in their written responses the species or species group that were their top priority research need.* 

 

Species/Species Group

No. of Respondents

Feral swine

4

Coyotes/canids

4

Bears

2

Deer

2

Cormorants

2

Beaver

1

Blackbirds

1

Moose

1

Rabbits

1

Rodents

1

Skunks

1

                    




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