PROJECT GOAL: Develop techniques and control methods to effectively assess and manage mammalian predation on livestock and natural resources; improve the current knowledge of predator ecology, behavior, genetics, and demographics relative to predators and depredation on species of human concern; and assess predator responses to management strategies.
Objective 1: Develop and evaluate control methods for managing predation.
Objective 2: Document the ecological relationships between predators and livestock, natural resources, and human health and safety in wild and urban environments.
Objective 3: Document the effects of behavior, hormones, reproduction, nutrition, disease, social dominance, and space use as it relates to predation and predator population demographics.
Objective 4: Develop, optimize, and use molecular markers for estimation of predator genetic diversity, population size, population differentiation, population membership, population connectivity, relatedness, assignment of individuals to population of origin, and evolutionary relationships.
Objective 5: Apply current molecular methods and develop new methods for species identification of predators from non-invasively collected samples (e.g. saliva from depredated carcasses or eggs).
Objective 6: Provide services to WS Operations, other federal agencies, and state agencies.
Goal and Objectives
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Evalution of Remote Trap Monitors, APHIS Tech Note 11-55-010