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Title: Monitoring reproduction and contraception in free ranging wildlife: tule elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes) at Point Reyes National Seashore

Author: Shideler, Susan E.;

Date: 2000

Source: In: McCool, Stephen F.; Cole, David N.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 3: Wilderness as a place for scientific inquiry; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-3. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 137-142

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Description: The desire of the public to protect free-ranging animals in environments that are devoid of natural regulators can lead to overabundance of urban wildlife in closed habitats. In some parks and reserves, innovative management plans are needed that will include protocols to determine when and if artificial methods of population control should be applied to free-ranging wildlife as an acceptable alternative to hunting or culling. One management option that soon may be available for wildlife application is contraception. Information important to the development of approved contraception programs includes assessment of reproductive characteristics of the targeted species under changing environmental conditions as well as assessment of contraceptive efficacy. This information will improve the ability to accurately estimate the demographic characteristics of animal populations warranting management intervention as well as an evaluation of the success of interventions.

Keywords: wilderness, Cervus elaphus nannodes, tule elk, wildlife management, reproduction, contraception, population control, overabundance, urbanization, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

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Shideler, Susan E. 2000. Monitoring reproduction and contraception in free ranging wildlife: tule elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes) at Point Reyes National Seashore. In: McCool, Stephen F.; Cole, David N.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 3: Wilderness as a place for scientific inquiry; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-3. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 137-142

 


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