Covers the principles and practice of wildlife ecology and management with particular emphasis on inventory protocols and species at risk in BC. Topics include: biology and ecology of wildlife species; dynamics of wildlife populations; methods of studying wildlife; natural and artificial regulation of animal numbers; control of problem wildlife; evaluation and enhancement of wildlife habitats; management for harvest.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate understanding of underlying principles of wildlife management, including:
Essential qualities of good habitat.
Population dynamics and application to wildlife populations.
Annual surpluses, sustained yield, carrying capacity, and limiting factors.
Identify common wildlife species, evaluate habitat quality, and prescribe suitable management strategies for each species/group, including:
Selected orders and families of birds (e.g. waterfowl and other water birds).
Small mammals (rodents, lagomorphs, insectivores).
Major carnivores and furbearers.
Major ungulate species.
Demonstrate knowledge of the Resources Inventory Standards Committee (RISC) standards for the inventory of selected wildlife species.
Present information in a professional manner in the form of technical or scientific report.
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