Wildlife health and disease investigations

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Edited by: C.E. Braun


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Wildlife population management requires knowledge of factors that affect population sustainability. Mortality is one of the most important of those factors. Without a clear understanding of the causes of mortality, decisions by managers of whether or how to intercede may be inappropriate. Wildlife biologists are usually the first to discover, assess, and respond to wildlife mortality. Biologists who make accurate, complete and timely field investigations, and proper collection and shipment of samples to a diagnostic facility are essential for an accurate diagnosis. In combination with wildlife disease specialists, biologists can identify causes of wildlife mortality, detect long-term patterns in factors that affect the survival of populations, and take appropriate corrective action to minimize the impact of some mortality factors on wildlife populations.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Wildlife health and disease investigations
Edition 6th ed.
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher The Wildlife Society
Publisher location Bethesda, MD
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 16 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Techniques for Wildlife Investigations and Management
First page 197
Last page 212