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Ungulate Ecology in Idaho: understanding predator/prey interactions

Duration

July 2010 - June 2011

Narrative

In 2005, IDFG launched the Ungulate Ecology Project. An important initial objective was to simply take a demographic and ecological "snapshot" of representative mule deer and elk populations in 12 study areas across Idaho. Results have provided wildlife managers with important background information, including adult female survival rates and cause-specific mortality, pregnancy rates, body condition, and general movement patterns.

The goal is to develop predictive models to estimate elk populations based on elk/wolf ratios and co variates such as topography, habitat, alternate prey species and density, and weather. These models will reduce the need for intensive radio-collaring and monitoring efforts in each GMU of interest, resulting in significant efficiencies. This project requires intensively monitoring elk, moose, and wolves in both study areas, investigating moralities, and significant data management challenges.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 9

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 22

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 50

Presentations: 49

 

Personnel

Links

Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  2. The University of Montana
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute