Changes in Mammalian Carnivore Populations

Adrian P. Wydeven and Charles M. Pils

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI:
Changes in Mammalian Carnivore Populations

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This chapter examines historical changes in Wisconsin's carnivore populations. Populations of carnivores have changed in terms of both their abundance and their distribution in the state. Some species have done well, while others have fared poorly. These shifts often reflect policy decisions. State bounties for certain animals like wolves and bobcats greatly depleted their populations. Later, legal protection and active restoration efforts by the same state have served to increase the densities of carnivores like fisher and wolf. Changes in public attitudes toward carnivores made these policy reversals possible. Perhaps there is a lesson here that we could extend to less charismatic species.

Keywords: carnivores; Wisconsin; abundance; distribution; state bounties; wolves; bobcats; fisher; wolf; public attitudes

Chapter.  6051 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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