Whether you are a student in a wildlife degree program or a professional wildlife biologist, you will find all the up-to-date information on wildlife damage in the pages of this clear, comprehensive text. Wildlife Damage Management includes topics such as
- pertinent biological and ecological concepts
- individual-, population-, and ecosystem-level effects
- survey techniques
- management methods
- human dimensions
- economic issues
- legal and political aspects
- damage management strategies
Experts on the topic, authors Russell F. Reidinger, Jr., and James E. Miller explain the evolution of wildlife damage management, differentiate fact from myth, and detail the principles and techniques with which a professional in the field should be familiar. They cover both plants and animals, North American as well as exotic invasive species, zoonotic diseases, damage to crops, livestock, and property and threats to endangered or threatened fauna and flora. In recent years, the rate of unwanted human-wildlife interactions has risen in many areas, owing in part to the expansion of residences into places formerly wild or agricultural, making wildlife damage management even more relevant.
From suburban deer eating gardens and shrubs, to mountain lions threatening pets and children, to accidentally introduced species outcompeting native species, Reidinger and Miller show how proper management can reduce wildlife damage to an acceptable, cost-effective level. Readers will discover the history of this applied discipline, explore the latest research, and learn general principles. An extensive section on available resources, a glossary, and detailed figures explain terms and concepts. The end-of-chapter questions will allow students to ponder ways wildlife damage management concepts can be put into practice. Instructors will find this text arranged perfectly for a semester-long course. Biologists and managers working professionally – for federal, state, or international agencies, as wildlife control operators, or as wildlife consultants – will discover a reference book destined to set the tone of wildlife damage conversations for the next decade and beyond.
Russell F. Reidinger, Jr., is a former Director, National Wildlife Research Center, USDA APHIS / Wildlife Services, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, and in the School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia.
James E. Miller is a professor emeritus in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University and a past president of The Wildlife Society.
"If you want a bird's eye view of a complex subject from an academically rigorous point of view, then this book is for you. Teachers of wildlife damage management especially should consider using this text for their classes."
– Stephen M. Vantassel – Wildlife Control Consultants, LLC
"This book is a significant contribution to the wildlife management and conservation literature [...] This book will be a solid foundation for a course on this important discipline [...] The well-written, comprehensive text, numerous illustrations, tables and boxes, summaries, and end-of-chapter questions make a professor's job easy. Highly recommended."
"Should become a well-used and standard text for WDM students and practitioners."
– Travis L. DeVault – Human Wildlife Interactions