|Mike Lavelle, Biologist|
Mike Lavelle, Wildlife Biologist, works on damage management strategies for deer, elk, and feral swine. His primary focus has been on evaluating the efficacy of various non-lethal methods and the development of novel ideas for reducing potential for disease transmission through the fence between domestic (captive) and free-ranging wildlife. He has also evaluated the response of feral swine and white-tailed deer to rapid containment simulating disease-outbreak management actions. Most recently, his focus has included examining intra- and inter-species interactions amongst wildlife and livestock. His areas of expertise include the capture and chemical immobilization of elk, white-tailed deer and feral swine, methods for alleviating potential for disease transmission at the wildlife-livestock interface, and non-lethal techniques for reducing damage by ungulates.
NWRC Research Project: Ungulate Disease and Damage (MUDD)
B.S., Wildlife Management, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lavelle, M.J., G.E. Phillips, J.W. Fischer, P.W. Burke, N.W. Seward, R.S. Stahl, T.A. Nichols, B.A. Wunder, and K.C. VerCauteren. 2014. Mineral licks: motivational factors for visitation and accompanying disease risk at communal use sites of elk and deer. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 36(6):1049-1061. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10653-014-9600-0
Lavelle, M.J., J.W. Fischer, G.E. Phillips, A.M. Hildreth, T.A. Campbell, D.G. Hewitt, S.E. Hygnstrom, and K.C. VerCauteren. Assessing risk of disease transmission: Direct implications for an indirect science. Bioscience 64(6):524-530. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu055.
Franklin A.B., K.C. VerCauteren, H. Maguire, M.K. Cichon, J.W. Fischer, M.J. Lavelle, A. Powell, J.J. Root, and E. Scallan. 2013. Wild ungulates as disseminators of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in urban areas. PLoS ONE 8(12):e81512. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081512.
VerCauteren, K.C., M. Lavelle, and T.W. Seamans. 2013. Excluding mammals from airports. In: T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society. 49-59.