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WS 2011 Research Needs Assessment

Ranking of Problem Areas

Seventy-six federal employees provided written descriptions of their top three priority research needs with regard to wildlife conflicts. The most commonly cited research need was for new or more effective methods or tools in general, followed by a need to develop new or better tools and/or information to resolve problems involving invasive species, predation, aviation, conflicts in general, miscellaneous problems, natural resource protection, and crop protection.

Number of federal respondents who in written responses identified various resource/problem areas as among their top three research needs. 

 

Problem Area

No. of Respondents

Aviation safety

15

Disease

10

Livestock predation

9

T&E species

7

Crop depredations

6

Habitat/natural resource protection

4

Invasive species

4

Aquaculture

2

Human safety

2

Dairies/feedlots

1

Urban problems

1

Big game

1

Forestry

1

 

 





The high priority research areas of state and federal respondents also included invasive species, wildlife diseases, predation, and a general need for damage management tools or information. That aviation-wildlife strike hazards were less frequently mentioned by state and private respondents probably is due to the fact that most of them are not actively engaged in this area.

Number of state and private respondents who identified in written responses the resource/problem area that was their highest priority research needs. 

 

Problem Area

No. of Respondents

Invasive species

6

Disease

5

Livestock predation

4

Crop protection

2

Habitat protection

1

Aquaculture

1

Forestry

1


 




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