Michael J. Lavelle

Michael J. Lavelle

   

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) 


Current Research

  • Evaluation of wildlife-livestock interactions with potential for disease transmission
  • Feral swine capture and control techniques
  • Use of camera collars for collecting data from white-tailed deer


Education

B.S., Wildlife Management, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Contact Information

  • Address: National Wildlife Research Center, 4101 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521
  • Telephone: 970-266-6129
  • E-mail: michael.j.lavelle@aphis.usda.gov


Recent Publications

2016

Snow, N.P., J.M. Halseth, M.J. Lavelle, T.E. Hanson, C.R. Blass, J.A. Foster, S.T. Humphrys, L.D. Staples, D.G. Hewitt, and K.C. VerCauteren. 2016. Bait preference of a free-ranging feral swine for delivery of a novel toxicant. PLoS One 11(1):e0146712.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146712  

2015

Lavelle, M.J., C.R. Blass, J.W. Fischer, S.E. Hygnstrom, D.G. Hewitt, and K.C. VerCauteren. 2015. Food habits of adult male white-tailed deer determined by camera collars. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39(3):651-657.  doi: 10.1002/wsb.556

Lavelle, M.J., C.I.I.I. Henry, K. LeDoux, P.J. Ryan, J.W. Fischer, K.M. Pepin, C.R. Blass, M.P. Glow, S.E. Hygnstrom, and K.C. VerCauteren. 2015. Deer response to exclusion from stored cattle feed in Michigan, USA. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 121(1-2):159-164. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2015.06.015

2014

VerCauteren, K., M. Lavelle, J. Landry, L. Marker, and T.M. Gehring. 2014. Use of dogs in the mediation of conservation conflicts. Proceedings of the 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference 26:411-412.  

VerCauteren, K.C., M. Lavelle, T.M. Gehring, J-M. Landry, and L. Marker. 2014. Dogs as mediators of conservation conflicts. In: M.E. Gompper, ed. Free-Ranging Dogs and Wildlife Conservation. Oxford University Press, New York, NY.  211-238.

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.

2013

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.

 

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