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Mountain Goats: Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation of an Alpine Ungulateby Marco Festa-Bianchet
Synopses & Reviews
Mountain goats have been among the least studied of North American ungulates, leaving wildlife managers with little information on which to base harvest strategies or conservation plans.
This book offers the first comprehensive assessment of the ecology and behavior of mountain goats, setting forth the results of a remarkable 16-year longitudinal study of more than 300 marked individuals in a population in Alberta, Canada. The authors’ thorough, long-term study allowed them to draw important conclusions about mountain goat ecology—including individual reproductive strategies, population dynamics, and sensitivity to human disturbance—and to use those conclusions in offering guidance for developing effective conservation strategies.
habitat use, vegetation quality, and seasonal movementssexual segregation and social organizationindividual variability in yearly and lifetime reproductive success of femalesage- and sex-specific survival and dispersalreproductive strategies and population dynamicsmanagement and conservation of mountain goatsThe book also draws on the rich literature on long-term monitoring of marked ungulates to explore similarities and differences between mountain goats and other species,particularly bighorn sheep and ibex.
By monitoring a marked population over a long period of time, researchers were able to document changes in sex-age structure and identify factors driving population dynamics. Because it explores the links between individual life-history strategy and population dynamics in a natural setting, Mountain Goats will be an invaluable resource for wildlife managers, researchers in ecology and animal behavior, conservationists, population biologists, and anyone concerned with the ecology and management of natural populations, especially in alpine environments.
About the Author
Marco Festa-Bianchet is professor of ecology at the Universit
Table of Contents
1. Ecological Questions, Conservation. Challenges, and Long-Term Research — 2. Study Area and the Goat Population — 3. Caw Ridge Study Methods and Limitations — 4. Home Ranges, Forage Availability, and Habitat Use — 5. Social Organization — 6. Body and Horn Growth — 7. Individual Variability in Yearly and Lifetime Reproductive Success of Females — 8. Female Reproductive Strategy — 9. Survival and Dispersal — 10. Density-Dependence and the Question of Population Regulation — 11. Female Reproductive Strategy and Ungulate Population Dynamics — 12. Management and Conservation of Mountain Goats — 13. Long-Term Monitoring of Marked Individuals and Advances in Ecology and Conservation.
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