Journal article

Linking modelling, monitoring and management: an integrated approach to controlling overabundant wildlife

Yung En Chee, Brendan A Wintle



1. Overabundant wildlife can cause economic and ecological damage. Therefore population control typically seeks to maintain species' abundance within desired control limits. Efficient control requires targets, methods for estimating population size before and after control, and reliable means of forecasting population size. Demographic stochasticity, environmental variability and model uncertainty complicate these tasks. Monitoring provides critical feedback in the control process, yet examples of integrated monitoring and management are scarce. 2. We developed an integrated Bayesian population modelling and monitoring algorithm to assist with dynamic cull control of an overabundant populati..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by Parks Victoria's Research Partners Program. YEC was supported by ARC grant LP0667891. BW was supported by an ARC Fellowship and the Applied Environmental Decision Analysis CERF (Australian Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts). We thank John Wright, Phil Pegler, Lorraine Ludewigs, David Morgan, Michael McCarthy, Yakov Ben-Haim and Mark Burgman for assistance and discussions. Cindy Hauser, the editor and two anonymous reviewers provided critical comments that helped improve the manuscript.