Problems in Management of Locally Abundant Wild Mammals

Problems in Management of Locally Abundant Wild Mammals

1st Edition - March 28, 1982

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  • Author: P.A. Jewell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323138222

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Problems in Management of Locally Abundant Wild Mammals contains the proceedings of the Management of Locally Abundant Wild Mammals: A Workshop to Examine the Need for and Alternatives to the Culling of Wild Animals, held in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts from September 29 to October 3, 1980. Contributors reexamine the scientific basis for possible management aimed at restraining local increase in numbers of locally abundant wild mammals, with emphasis on the issue of culling. This text is organized into six sections encompassing 19 chapters and begins with an overview of the dilemma of local overabundance or overpopulation of threatened mammals. In particular, it considers the extent to which past predictions have been fulfilled in practice, and whether understanding of the dynamics of living systems is adequate for useful prediction. This book also discusses the circumstances that allow a species to become so abundant and the adverse effects that arise. The chapters that follow present case studies that reflect experiences around the world concerning management of locally abundant mammals, including the white rhino in South Africa and deer in North America. This book also explores proposed solutions for problems involving the management of polar bear, the Northwest Atlantic humpback whale, and the British grey seal. This reference material is a valuable resource for zoologists, conservation biologists, and those with interest in the protection of wild mammals.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    I. Introduction

    II. What is Overabundance?


    III. Case Studies

    Management of Locally Abundant Mammals—The South African Experience

    Stability Properties of Semiarid Savannas in Southern African Game Reserves

    An Outline of a Management Plan for Kasungu National Park, Malawi

    The Management of Elephant and Other Large Mammals in Zimbabwe

    The Problems of Overpopulation of Deer in North America

    The White Rhino Overpopulation Problem and a Proposed Solution

    Locally Abundant Marine Mammals—Problems and Attempted Solutions

    The Case of the Sea Otter

    The Leopard—Problems of an Overabundant, Threatened, Terrestrial Carnivore

    The Northern Fur Seal—An Example of Complexity

    IV. Theory and Management

    Notes on Some Topics in Theoretical Ecology, in Relation to the Management of Locally Abundant Populations of Mammals

    Large Mammal Feeding Strategies and Related Overabundance Problems

    Responses of Vegetation to the Abundance of Mammalian Herbivores

    Environmental Carrying Capacity and the Evidence for Overabundance

    V. Diagnosis

    The Debate about the Vicuna Population in Pampa Galeras Reserve

    The Vicuna of the Pampa Galeras National Reserve—The Conservation Issue

    The Elephant Seal

    The Pacific Walrus

    VI. The Workshop Report


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  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: March 28, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323138222

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