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Large Mammal Restoration : Ecological And Sociological Challenges In The 21St Century - David Maehr

Large Mammal Restoration

Ecological And Sociological Challenges In The 21St Century

By: David Maehr (Editor), Reed F. Noss (Editor), Jeffery L. Larkin (Editor), Melvin E. Sunquist (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2001
ISBN: 9781559638173
Number Of Pages: 336

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Evidence is mounting that top carnivores and other large mammals play a pivotal role in regulating ecosystem health and function, yet those are the species that are most likely to have been eliminated by past human activities. In recent decades, numerous efforts have been undertaken to return some of the species that were previously extirpated on local or regional scales.Large Mammal Restoration brings together for the first time detailed case studies of those efforts, from restoring elk in Appalachia to returning bison herds to the Great Plains to the much-publicized effort to bring back the gray wolf to Yellowstone National Park. Together these case studies offer important lessons and new ways of thinking for wildlife managers and conservation biologists involved with restoration programs. Sections examine: approaches to determining the feasibility of a restoration program critical hands-on aspects of restoring large mammals obtaining public input into the process and gaining community support for programs the potential of some species to return without direct human intervention, and what can be done to facilitate that natural colonization An introductory chapter by Reed F. Noss explores some of the reasons for restoring large mammals, as well as some of the ecological and social complications, and a concluding overview by David S. Maehr discusses the evolutionary importance of large mammal restoration. Contributors include Paul C. Paquet, Barbara Dugelby, Steven H. Fritts, Paul R. Krausman, Larry D. Harris, Johnna Roy, and many others. Large Mammal Restoration brings together in a single volume essential information on the lessons learned from previous efforts, providing an invaluable resource for researchers and students of conservation biology and wildlife management as well as for policymakers, restoration advocates, and others involved with the planning or execution of a restoration program.

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Why Restore Large Mammals?p. 1
Feasibilityp. 23
Is the Return of the Wolf, Wolverine, and Grizzly Bear to Oregon and California Biologically Feasible?p. 25
Feasibility of Timber Wolf Reintroduction in Adirondack Parkp. 47
Rewilding the Sky Islands Region of the Southwestp. 65
Using Public Surveys and GIS to Determine the Feasibility of Restoring Elk to Virginiap. 83
Practicep. 99
Returning Elk to Appalachia: Foiling Murphy's Lawp. 101
Restoration of White-Tailed Deer in Kentucky: From Absence to Overabundancep. 119
Outcomes of Hard and Soft Releases of Reintroduced Wolves in Central Idaho and the Greater Yellowstone Areap. 125
Health Aspects of Large Mammal Restorationp. 149
Health Aspects of Gray Wolf Restorationp. 163
Restoring the Mexican Gray Wolf to the Desert Southwestp. 169
The Human Linkp. 187
Translocation of Plains Bison to Wood Buffalo National Park: Economic and Conservation Implicationsp. 189
Restoration of Grizzly Bears to the Bitterroot Wilderness: The EIS Approachp. 205
The Paradigm of Grizzly Bear Restoration in North Americap. 225
Mountain Sheep Restoration Through Private/Public Partnershipp. 231
Abetting Natural Colonizationp. 243
Black Bear at the Border: Natural Recolonization of the Trans-Pecosp. 245
Restorating a Large-Carnivore Corridor in Banff National Parkp. 261
Tiger Restoration in Asia: Ecological Theory vs. Sociological Realityp. 277
The Florida Panther: A Flagship for Regional Restorationp. 293
Can Manatee Numbers Continue to Grow in a Fast-Developing State?p. 313
The Biotic Province: Minimum Unit for Conserving Biodiversityp. 321
Large Mammal Restoration: Too Real to Be Possible?p. 345
Contributorsp. 355
Indexp. 365
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ISBN: 9781559638173
ISBN-10: 1559638176
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st October 2001
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54