832342 Natural resources management in mountainous areas III - wildlife problems

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2020
Languages of instruction


Approaches to management that promote viability of wildlife populations and their coexistence with people in mountainous regions. Particular emphasis on ecological and socio-economic considerations that are crucial for effective management.

Main topics include:
1)Species life histories and population dynamics as they pertain to conservation and management practices
2)Interactions between land use and wildlife populations, e.g. farming, recreation, forestry, power lines
3)Best practices for planning with multiple stakeholder groups, implementation, and adapting to system change and uncertainty

Illustrated examples on focal species groups, including large carnivores, ungulates, rodents, and grouse.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students recognize the importance of ecology and human dimensions for the successful management of wildlife and their habitats in mountainous regions. Given a particular context, students are able to critically examine alternative management strategies (e.g., create and sustain habitat corridors) and how these are linked to multiple objectives (e.g., maintain wildlife population viability and minimize conflicts between stakeholders) via wildlife-habitat relationships. Further, students can identify competing objectives between focal stakeholder groups and how these are reconciled through participatory planning processes. Students are also able to identify particular modeling and knowledge synthesis approaches to inform wildlife management decisions in mountain ecosystems.

Additionally each student can identify an important wildlife management issue in a mountainous region, summarize relevant literature on the topic, and orally present it in a coherent manner.
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