Mountain Goats: Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation of an Alpine Ungulate


About the Author:
Marco Festa-Bianchet is professor of ecology at the Universite de Sherbrooke, in Sherbrooke, Quebec

About the Author:
Steeve D. Cote is associate professor of animal ecology at the Universite Laval in Quebec City, Quebec

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Mountain Goats: Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation of an Alpine Ungulate

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About the Author:
Marco Festa-Bianchet is professor of ecology at the Universite de Sherbrooke, in Sherbrooke, Quebec

About the Author:
Steeve D. Cote is associate professor of animal ecology at the Universite Laval in Quebec City, Quebec

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"An invaluable source for ecologists and wildlife conservationists...highly recommended."
Natural Areas Journal
"I found this book to be quite readable...It certainly will be of interest to wildlife managers, biologists, and even conservation biologists in any geographical area."
Quarterly Review of Biology
"Information is presented in a way that will be accessible to all...Overall, Mountain Goats is an excellent progress report on an important project that should continue to provide great insights into this remarkable animal. As such, the volume should be of great interest to a wide audience."
"I tremendously enjoyed reading this book. It is very well written and organized, and as such is easily accessible...(it) deserves and should find a much wider readership than simply people interested in mountain goats."
senior scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society - Joel Berger
"Many projects anxiously tout their own achievement; others move along— steadfast, earnest, and with modesty. The goat project by Festa-Bianchet and Côté typifies the latter, with a critical exception—its achievements are anything but modest. A delightful blend of behavioral ecology, wildlife management, and conservation, this sixteen-year effort offers a rich body of knowledge. It is also a must-read for anything interested in field biology and its application to conservation, especially for one of the world's most difficult-to-study large mammals."
Professor of zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver - Tony Sinclair
"Marco Festa-Bianchet and Steeve Côté have spent years studying mountain goats, an enigmatic North American ungulate that is neither goat nor sheep. Their findings on social behavior, reproductive success, population dynamics, and predation are fundamental to devising conservation strategies that will protect a species under increasing stress from human encroachment. This is an important book, a profound contribution to the literature of alpine ungulates."
Division of Biology, Imperial College London - Tim Coulson
"Mountain goats at Caw Ridge are the focus of a long-term study that provides remarkable insights into the evolutionary ecology and population biology of a wild mammal. These insights are eloquently described here by two researchers who have pioneered the study of wild vertebrate populations. Mountain Goats presents important new analyses and brings together results from the many journal articles inspired by this study."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597261715
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,523,286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marco Festa-Bianchet is professor of ecology at the Université de Sherbrooke, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. His research links individual reproductive strategies with

population dynamics and conservation.

Steeve D. Côté is associate professor of animal ecology at Université Laval in Quebec City, Quebec. His research interests include behavioral ecology of large herbivores, evolution of life-history strategies, wildlife management, conservation biology, and population genetics.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Ecological Questions, Conservation Challenges, and Long-Term Research     1
The Study Area and the Goat Population     17
Caw Ridge Study Methods and Limitations     36
Home Ranges, Forage Availability, and Habitat Use     48
Social Organization     71
Body and Horn Growth     91
Individual Variability in Yearly and Lifetime Reproductive Success of Females     118
Female Reproductive Strategy     137
Survival and Dispersal     157
Density-Dependence and the Question of Population Regulation     177
Female Reproductive Strategy and Ungulate Population Dynamics     191
Management and Conservation of Mountain Goats     204
Long-Term Monitoring of Marked Individuals and Advances in Ecology and Conservation     219
Appendix     231
Literature Cited     235
Index     257
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