Developing Control Methods, Evaluating Impacts, and Applying Ecology, Behavior, Genetics, and Demographics to Manage Predators
Damage caused by predators occurs in many forms. Direct predation of livestock can cause losses of millions of dollars by ranchers and farmers throughout the United States. Indirect effects also can be substantial in terms of lost productivity and increased costs to the livestock producer. Predation on big game species is an important issue for state wildlife management agencies as reduced revenues from hunting can occur if herds decline and harvest is consequently affected. Predation on threatened and endangered species is also becoming more important to wildlife and land management agencies attempting to recovery or enhance imperiled species.
To address these needs, we will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach. Studies on development of control methodologies and examination of the influence of nutrition and social dominance will involve physiologists, nutritionists, chemists, behaviorists, and wildlife biologists, using the kennel and pen facilities of the NWRC's Logan, UT, field station. Ecological studies will involve the efforts of field station wildlife biologists working in collaboration with biologists, specialists, and graduate students within federal and state agencies, and academic institutions. Genetic studies will be conducted in the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory at the National Wildlife Research Center Fort Collins, CO, research facility. Cooperating faculty and graduate students at Utah State University, Colorado State University, and other academic institutions will be critical participants in the research activities.
Project Leader: Dr. Julie K. Young