The Journal of Wildlife Management

Cover image for Vol. 81 Issue 2

Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Edited By: Paul R. Krausman

Impact Factor: 1.725

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 37/161 (Zoology); 83/150 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1937-2817

Associated Title(s): Wildlife Monographs, Wildlife Society Bulletin


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  1. Research Articles

    1. Experimentally manipulating the landscape of fear to manage problem animals

      Alex Atkins, Stephen M. Redpath, Rob M. Little and Arjun Amar

      Version of Record online: 13 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21227

      We demonstrate the efficacy of falconry to reduce Egyptian geese abundance and highlight the benefits of adopting a mechanistic approach, using knowledge of animal behavior, to develop and apply management tools to solve human-wildlife conflicts.

    2. Predictable features attract urban coyotes to residential yards

      Maureen H. Murray and Colleen Cassady St. Clair

      Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21223

      We investigated which features of residential backyards are selected by coyotes by visiting clusters of coyote locations. Yards used by coyotes, and especially by coyotes infected with sarcoptic mange, were more likely to contain accessible garbage, thick shrubs, and be unfenced, suggesting straightforward practices to mitigate human-coyote conflict.

  2. Book Reviews

  3. Research Articles

    1. Improving bald eagle nest monitoring with a second spring survey

      Tammy L. Wilson, Laura M. Phillips and Buck A. Mangipane

      Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21219

      Summary for Online TOC

      We used simulations and data collected at 3 national parks in Alaska, USA, to demonstrate that modeling imperfect detection of bald eagle nesting status can correct known bias, improve estimator precision, and is robust to plausible changes in eagle nesting phenology potentially caused by climate change. Managers should conduct a second survey during the early nesting period to obtain the data needed to fit imperfect detection models

    2. Addressing wild turkey population declines using structured decision making

      Kelly F. Robinson, Angela K. Fuller, Michael V. Schiavone, Bryan L. Swift, Duane R. Diefenbach, William F. Siemer and Daniel J. Decker

      Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21220

      We used structured decision making to evaluate management actions for the regulation of fall harvest of wild turkeys in New York. The most conservative regulation (2-week season, 1 bird harvest) was the optimal management alternative because of stakeholders’ concerns about declining turkey abundance in the state.

    3. Unexpected decline in a population of speckled tortoises

      Victor J. T. Loehr

      Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21217

      Long-term monitoring of an initially dense natural speckled tortoise population in South Africa revealed a severe decline that could not be attributed to any obvious causes, but increased predation on hatchlings may have played a role. Managers should not, in absence of long-term monitoring data, assume that speckled tortoise populations will persist.

  4. commentary

    1. How open access is crucial to the future of science

      Josh Bolick, Ada Emmett, Marc L. Greenberg, Brian Rosenblum and A. Townsend Peterson

      Version of Record online: 19 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21216

      We argue that opening access to The Journal of Wildlife Management fully will augment and increase the importance and impact of published papers. Communication and innovation in the field will benefit significantly from such open access.

  5. Research Articles

    1. Regional-scale models for predicting overwinter survival of juvenile ungulates

      Mark A. Hurley, Mark Hebblewhite, Paul M. Lukacs, J. Joshua Nowak, Jean-Michel Gaillard and Christophe Bonenfant

      Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21211

      This new research integrates mule deer ecology with advances in ecological modeling to predict survival from freely available remote-sensed measures of plant productivity and snow conditions. This method of predicting juvenile survival, a critical component of ungulate population dynamics, will provide ungulate managers a technique to model population trajectories for species living in variable environments at reduced cost and risk. Although developed initially for juvenile survival, the modeling approach, with slight modification and validation, is suitable for survival estimation of all age classes of ungulates.

    2. Sandhill crane roost selection, human disturbance, and forage resources

      Aaron T. Pearse, Gary L. Krapu and David A. Brandt

      Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21215

      Sandhill cranes selected roost sites along the Platte River that had wider channel widths, lower bank vegetation height, were farther from human disturbance, and had more cornfields in close proximity. Managers can use this information to increase probability of crane use at existing roost sites and to develop new areas for potential use if existing sites become limited.

    3. Female wild turkey habitat selection in mixed forest-agricultural landscapes

      Christopher D. Pollentier, R. Scott Lutz and David Drake

      Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21214

      Female eastern wild turkeys in mixed forest-agricultural landscapes exhibited differential habitat selection across hierarchical spatial scales. To increase inferential strength, wildlife managers should evaluate usable space with a multi-scale approach prior to implementing habitat-related management actions for the benefit of wild turkeys.

    4. Demography of an increasing caribou herd with restricted wolf control

      Rodney D. Boertje, Craig L. Gardner, Martha M. Ellis, Torsten W. Bentzen and Jeffrey A. Gross

      Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21209

      We documented a 37-year increase in herd size of the Fortymile caribou herd in Alaska with declining parturition rates of 3-year-old females. Although wolf predation was the major cause of death among caribou, wolf control programs had no measurable effect on caribou survival because too few wolves were affected by control efforts and adjacent untreated wolf numbers increased.

    5. Male greater sage-grouse movements among leks

      Aleshia L. Fremgen, Christopher T. Rota, Christopher P. Hansen, Mark A. Rumble, R. Scott Gamo and Joshua J. Millspaugh

      Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21208

      We evaluated male greater sage-grouse movements among leks using multi-state mark-recapture models, and found male sage-grouse were more likely to move among leks early in the breeding season, and to leks at higher elevations. Our results suggest avoiding lek counts early in spring to minimize double-counting or failing to count males that move from low to high elevation leks early in the breeding season.

    6. Oil and gas development influences big-game hunting in Wyoming

      Monica A. Dorning, Steven L. Garman, Jay E. Diffendorfer, Darius J. Semmens, Todd J. Hawbaker and Kenneth J. Bagstad

      Version of Record online: 18 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21205

      Our analyses provide evidence for changes in harvest efficiency of elk, mule deer, and pronghorn associated with oil and gas well densities, with effects depending on species and demographic group. Our results have implications for hunter satisfaction, wildlife management techniques, and local economies.

    7. Survival and population size estimates of the red wolf

      Joseph W. Hinton, Gary C. White, David R. Rabon Jr. and Michael J. Chamberlain

      Version of Record online: 18 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21206

      Using long-term population data, we observed the proportion of red wolf mortality attributable to anthropogenic causes, specifically mortality caused by gunshot during fall and winter hunting seasons (Oct–Dec), increased significantly since 2000 and became the leading cause of death. We suggest that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service should mitigate gunshot mortality through hunter education programs, stronger regulation of coyote hunting, and provide adequate regulatory mechanisms to protect red wolves.

  6. Book Reviews


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