Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation / Edition 2

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<p>Efforts to conserve wildlife populations and preserve biological diversity are often hampered by an inadequate understanding of animal behavior. How do animals react to gaps in forested lands, or to sport hunters? Do individual differences—in age, sex, size, past experience—affect how an animal reacts to a given situation? Differences in individual behavior may determine the success or failure of a conservation initiative, yet they are rarely considered when strategies and policies are developed.<p> Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation explores how knowledge of animal behavior may help increase the effectiveness of conservation programs. The book brings together conservation biologists, wildlife managers, and academics from around the world to examine the importance of general principles, the role played by specific characteristics of different species, and the importance of considering the behavior of individuals and the strategies they adopt to maximize fitness.<br> Each chapter begins by looking at the theoretical foundations of a topic, and follows with an exploration of its practical implications. A concluding chapter considers possible future contributions of research in animal behavior to wildlife conservation.
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Northeastern Naturalist
"A timely book which focuses on free-living but exploited vertebrates whose future is of concern...Will do much to encourage more conservation biologists to take a greater interest in better considering animal behavior patterns as an essential element in making better management decisions."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559639590
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Marco Festa-Bianchet is Professor of Ecology at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.

Marco Apollonio is Professor of Zoology at the University of Sassari in Italy.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Why Animal Behavior Is Important for Conservation 1
1 General Introduction 3
2 Adaptive Behavior and Population Viability 13
Pt. II Resource-Use Strategies in Space and Time 31
3 Dispersal and Conservation: A Behavioral Perspective on Metapopulation Persistence 33
4 Migration and Conservation: The Case of Sea Turtles 49
5 Bridging the Gap: Linking Individual Bird Movement and Territory Establishment Rules with Their Patterns of Distribution in Fragmented Forests 63
6 Knowledge of Reproductive Behavior Contributes to Conservation Programs 77
7 Foraging Behavior, Habitat Suitability, and Translocation Success, with Special Reference to Large Mammalian Herbivores 93
Pt. III Wildlife Mangement 111
8 Variation in Life History Traits and Realistic Population Models for Wildlife Management: The Case of Ungulates 115
9 Through the Eyes of Prey: How the Extinction and Conservation of North America's Large Carnivores Alter Prey Systems and Biodiversity 133
10 Behavioral Aspects of Conservation and Management of European Mammals 157
11 Implications of Sexually Selected Infanticide for the Hunting of Large Carnivores 171
12 Exploitative Wildlife Mangement as a Selective Pressure for the Life-History Evolution of Large Mammals 191
Pt. IV Genetic Diversity and Individual Differences 209
13 Social Groups, Genetic Structure, and Conservation 211
14 Pathogen-Driven Sexual Selection for "Good Genes" versus Genetic Variability in Small Populations 229
15 Measuring Individual Quality in Conservation and Behavior 243
16 Individual Quality, Environment, and Conservation 271
Pt. V Conclusion 297
17 Where Do We Go from Here? 299
Literature Cited 305
List of Contributors 369
Index 371
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