Identifying common decision problem elements for the management of emerging fungal diseases of wildlife

Society and Natural Resources
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Abstract

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) of wildlife have characteristics that make them difficult to manage, leading to reactive and often ineffective management strategies. Currently, two fungal pathogens, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), are causing declines in novel host species. To improve the application of management strategies addressing the risk of these pathogens to North American wildlife, we queried wildlife managers about their concerns regarding managing populations of bats and amphibians potentially impacted by Pd and Bsal. Using these responses, we identified aspects of each decision problem that were shared across pathogens, regions and agencies – and found similarities in decision-problem elements for disease management. Reframing management problems as decisions can enable managers to identify similarities across EIDs, i.e. uncertainties within management actions, and improve reactive responses if proactive management is not possible. Such an approach recognizes context-specific constraints and identifies relevant uncertainties that must be reduced in developing a response.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Identifying common decision problem elements for the management of emerging fungal diseases of wildlife
Series title Society and Natural Resources
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2019.1610820
Volume 32
Issue 9
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 16 p.
First page 1040
Last page 1055