Is unreliable science guiding bobcat management in Wyoming and other western US states?
A new scientific publication in Ecological Solutions and Evidence suggests unreliable scientific methods are currently informing abundance estimates and management of bobcat populations in the western United States. The study was carried out by the University of Kentucky, Wyoming Untrapped, and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization.
Bobcat Economic Value Study
During the winter of 2016, a bobcat was frequently seen near the Madison River in Yellowstone. This single bobcat brought in tourists, photographers, and wildlife watchers from nationwide which resulted in an economic benefit to the local economy around Yellowstone National Park. In collaboration with Panthera, a cat research and conservation organization, our study aimed to quantify this value of one bobcat which was enjoyed by so many and is alive and well today to continue to bring visitors to see this fascinating species.
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation in Wyoming
This article from the Wyoming Law Review examines the ‘user-pays’ model of wildlife conservation and how wildlife agencies need more diverse funding sources- including non-consumptive user groups.
While the World Moves On, U.S. Still Caught in Its Traps
The Animal Welfare Institute explains the state of trapping in the U.S. and the ways in which other countries are far ahead of us.
Who Should Pay for Wyoming’s Wildlife
Angus Thuermer Jr. of Wyofile summarizes Wyoming Fish and Game funding, spending, and the current state of wildlife management and it’s politics in the state.
Wolf Hunting and the Ethics of Predator Control
This article from Oxford Handbooks Online examines the soundness and validity of the premises and arguments made for predator hunting.
Survival, Fates, and Success of Transplanted Beavers, Castor canadensis, in Wyoming
An article written by Mark C. McKinistry and Stanley H. Anderson.
Beaver Restoration Handbook
Working with Beaver to Restore Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains
What role do beavers plan in riparian habitat management?