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Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments
APBI 495
Instructor: Dr. Tom Sullivan
Office: MCML 180B
Office Hours: TBA
Class Schedule: TBA
Classroom: TBA
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Course Discussion

Course Description

This course focuses on the analysis of population dynamics of overabundant wildlife species and their impacts on forest- and agro-ecosystems. It covers a variety of topics exploring the impacts of wildlife on crop productivity in temperate and tropical environments, the history of rodent pests, the resiliency of wildlife populations to conventional control methodology, adoption of innovative methods to reduce crop damage, and the impact of introduced species on native faunas. Class datasets will be available for analysis and preparation of detailed technical/scientific reports. Readings, interactive instructor-class discussions, and student-led discussions comprise the weekly class time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Improve critical thinking about issues and problems.
  2. Develop an understanding of how scientific research is used to solve problems and provide objective input into management decisions.
  3. Organize large datasets for analysis and synthesis.
  4. Use standard statistical analyses to evaluate datasets to help solve problems.
  5. Prepare detailed scientific/technical reports on data and experience generated from field projects.
  6. Discuss the impact of overabundant wildlife on ecosystems and the ecological and socio-economic constraints to solving these problems.
  7. Discuss the approaches to managing wildlife with respect to animal welfare concerns.
  8. Develop a vision of what the earth's future might be with respect to wildlife-human conflicts...


  1. Week 1:
    • Introduction - Wildlife management in BC
  2. Week 2:
    • Wildlife management, natural history, and human conflicts
  3. Week 3:
    • Overabundance I - Population dynamics
  4. Week 4:
    • Overabundance II - Communities and ecosystems
  5. Week 5:
    • Dave Bradbeer - "Waterfowl and Agriculture on the Fraser River Delta: Conflict and Opportunity in Wildlife Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture"
  6. Week 6:
  7. Week 7:
    • Gregg Howald - "Eradication of Invasive Species on Islands"
    • Rats and native fauna on islands
  8. Week 8:
    • Wildlife-Human conflicts in Africa: Carnivores and Conservation
  9. Week 9:
    • Jake Goheen - "Native and Domestic Ungulates and Tree Recruitment in Africa"
  10. Week 10:
    • Large mammal extinctions and re-wilding
  11. Week 11:
    • Hunting issues and compensation programs
  12. Week 12:
    • Ecological and professional ethics
  13. Week 13:
    • Ethics, environment, and philosophy

Class Projects

There will be two class projects:

  1. Project 1 - Population Dynamics of Montane Voles and Deer Mice in Old Field and Apple Orchard Habitats
  2. Project 2 - Life after the Beetle: Northern Flying Squirrel and Red Squirrel Populations 30 years after Salvage Harvesting of Lodgepole Pine Forests

Projects 1 and 2 will have class datasets that will be available to form the basis of report preparation. These data are to be analyzed and written up as a report by each student with the following format:

  • Abstract or Summary
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Management Implications
  • Literature Cited
  • Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Figures

This is the format for a scientific paper or detailed technical report. There are no page limits, but 20-30 pages (typed, double-spaced) would probably be average length. Students may work in groups or individually, but each student prepares their own report. All references must come from credible sources: peer-reviewed scientific journals and in some cases, reports by government agencies.


Evaluation will be based on two written reports and participation in class discussions: this includes attendance and demonstrated knowledge of assigned readings. There are no exams.

Activity Percentage of Grade
Report 1 35%
Report 2 35%
Discussion 30%
TOTAL: 100%