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Montana Wildlife Research Activities

Alaska Unit student radio tagging a moose

Much of the Unit research effort from 1970 through the present focused on interactions of predators with both wild and domestic prey species. During a decade when considerable public and scientific opinion held that predators seldom killed healthy wild ungulates or livestock, Unit studies initiated in the 1970�s helped to form the more realistic and useful viewpoint that is still evolving today. Serious economic losses of sheep and lambs to coyotes and golden eagles were documented in several Unit studies, and one study involved developing effective techniques for preventing depredation on lambs and kids by golden eagles. Continuing work on predator-prey interactions has involved demographic effects and life-history tradeoffs involved in nest predation on birds, both game and nongame species, as influenced by altered communities of generalist nest predators, habitat degradation and fragmentation, and other environmental perturbations.

Montana Wildlife Active Projects

Montana Wildlife Completed Projects

Montana Wildlife Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Mouton, J. C. and T. E. Martin. 2018. Fitness consequences of interspecific nesting associations among cavity nesting birds. American Naturalist 192: 389–396.
  • Barker, K. J., M. S. Mitchell, K. M. Proffitt, and J. D. DeVoe. 2018. Land management alters traditional nutritional benefits of migration for elk.
    Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002:jwmg.21564.
  • Cain, J.W. III, and M.S. Mitchell. 2018. Evaluation of Key Scientific Issues in the Report, “State of the Mountain Lion: a Call to End Trophy Hunting of America’s Lion”. USGS Open File Report 2018-1128.  | Download  | 
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Montana Wildlife Technical Publications

  • Haig, S. M., T. E. Martin, C. van Riper, and T. D. Beard. 2013. Pathways for conservation. Science 341: 215.
  • Ditchkoff, S.S., M.S. Mitchell, and J.B. Grand. 2004. Ecology and management of feral hogs on Fort Benning, Georgia. Annual Progress Report.
  • Ball, I. J., J. E. Austin, and A. R. Henry. 2003. Population and nesting ecology of Sandhill Cranes at Grays Lake, Idaho, 1997-2000. U.S. Geological Survey.
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Montana Wildlife Theses and Dissertations

  • Ton, R. 2016. Ecological and physiological influences on altricial bird growth and development. PhD degree, University of Montana. 110 pages.
  • LaManna, J. A. 2015. Predation risk and vegetation effects on avidan diversity, species turnover, reproduction and fitness. PhD degree, University of Montana. 182 pages
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 9

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 17

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 7

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 41


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