Transactions of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society

2008, Volume 44

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TitleThe Use of Science-Based Literature for Predator Control to Enhance Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer and Pronghorn in Nevada
Author(s)Jim D. Yoakum
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A bill was introduced in the Nevada Legislature during 2007 to consider increasing finances for the predator control program to enhance wild ungulate populations and other wildlife. The Assembly bill evoked much public interest, however, technical based information relative to predator-prey relations was not readily available. Consequently, conservation organizations requested a concise but comprehensive review of science-based literature regarding the influence of predator control programs on bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis), mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), and pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) in Nevada and adjacent states. Therefore, this report was accomplished documenting more than 50 technical publications of predation relations with large native wild ungulates. Case histories, findings, and management strategies were provided for predator control programs to enhance large wild ungulates.

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