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Elk calf survival and cause-specific mortality in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area

Unit graduate student, James Pitman with an elk calf captured in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Area in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

Duration

January 2011 - June 2013

Narrative

Our objectives are to assess: 1) elk calf survival and cause-specific mortality in the Blue Range Mexican Wolf Recovery Area; and 2) calving site, neonate bed site, and kill site characteristics.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Pitman, J.W., J.W. Cain III, S.G. Liley, W.R. Gould, N.T. Quintana, and W. B. Ballard. 2014. Post-parturition habitat selection by elk calves and adult female elk in New Mexico. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:1216-1227. Download  | 

Thesis

  • Pitman, J.W. 2013. Microhabitat selection and mortality site characteristics of elk (Cervus canadensis) calves and adult elk calf-rearing habitat selection in areas of differing predation influences in southern and northern New Mexico. M.S. Thesis. Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University . 160 pp

Presentations

  • Pitman, J.W., J.W. Cain, III, S. Liley, W.R. Gould, W. Ballard, and N.T. Quintana. 2012. Cause-specific mortality and microhabitat selection of elk calves in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. 45th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Quintana, N.T., W.B. Ballard, S. Liley, P. Gibson, S. Breck, J. Cain, J. Oakleaf, D.L. Bergman, and J.W. Pitman. 2012. Elk calf mortality patterns in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area: New Mexico. 48th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
  • Pitman, J.W., J.W. Cain III, S.G. Liley, W.R. Gould, and N.M. Quintana. 2012. Micro-habitat selection and mortality site characteristics of elk calves in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area of west-central New Mexico. 19th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Portland, Oregon, USA.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 15

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 161

 

Personnel

  • James CainCo-Principal Investigator
  • Warrren BallardCo-Principal Investigator
  • James PitmanStudent
  • Nicole M TatmanStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Dallas Safari Club
  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  • New Mexico State University, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
  • T&E, Inc
  • Texas Tech University, Department of Natural Resources Management

Links

New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  2. New Mexico State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey