Introduction to Wildlife Management and Conservation in North America

Product Details
Author(s): Erim Gomez, Chad Bishop, John Organ, Thomas J Ryder
ISBN: 9781680755978
Edition: 1
Copyright: 2022
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Format: GRLContent (online access)



Overview of
Introduction to Wildlife Management and Conservation in North America


This online and interactive text is geared toward the introductory student in wildlife biology in the US. Thousands of students take introductory courses in wildlife at colleges and universities each year. There is a need for a comprehensive, contemporary introductory text on wildlife conservation produced in a manner that is engaging to students. Some of these students are committed to pursuing careers in wildlife biology, while many others are uncertain as to their future plans. In some cases, non-wildlife majors take these courses because they are interested in wildlife and want to learn more about it.


The information presented to students in these classes directly influences whether students will go on to pursue a degree and, eventually, a career in wildlife. Equally important, these courses influence students’ understanding and appreciation of the wildlife profession. For some, these courses serve as the only formal education they will receive in wildlife biology, management, and conservation. Therefore, our aim is that this introductory wildlife text will provide an opportunity to educate and inform students and in turn influence their subsequent understanding and views of wildlife conservation. In service of this goal, editors and chapter authors have developed an interactive and engaging online textbook. This textbook includes video links, web links, hover definitions, polls, discussion forums, and online quizzes.

About the Author
Erim Gomez

Dr. Erim Gómez is an assistant professor of wildlife biology at the University of Montana, where he leads the Charismatic Minifauna Lab. He has 22 years of conservation, environmental, and wildlife biology experience. He is a past award winner of the Bullitt Environmental Leadership Fellowship and now serves on the Board of the Bullitt Foundation. He has formerly served as Co-Director of Southern Oregon University’s Ecology Center of the Siskiyous. As director he co-led an effort to pass a green-tags initiative to offset the university’s carbon footprint. He has served on the board of Montana Natural History Center, Oregon Stewardship, and the board of the Society of Northwestern Vertebrate Biology. Gómez holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Gómez is a naturalist at heart and thus has eclectic research interests, including the conservation of endangered species, the ecology and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems, and amphibians, freshwater fish, and of course, charismatic minifauna.

About the Author
Chad Bishop

Dr. Chad J. Bishop is Director of the Wildlife Biology Program and Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at University of Montana (2015 – present). As Director, Chad is responsible for a wide array of functions tied to running the wildlife biology program, with an emphasis on faculty and student support and program outreach and development. He also teaches courses in the wildlife curricula and leads multiple research projects focused primarily on ungulate ecology. Prior to University of Montana, Chad spent nearly 16 years working for Colorado Parks and Wildlife as assistant director, research leader, and wildlife researcher. He received a B.S. degree from Montana State University in Biology with a Fish and Wildlife emphasis (1995), M.S. from University of Idaho in Wildlife Resources (1998), and Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Wildlife Biology (2007). 

About the Author
John Organ

Dr. John F. Organ is the professional wildlife biologist on the 7-person Fisheries and Wildlife Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is the former chief of the U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, and former chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. He is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Michigan State University, and Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago Chile. He is a past president, honorary member, and fellow of The Wildlife Society. He is a recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award and Medal from The Wildlife Society, the George Bird Grinnell Memorial Award from the Wildlife Management Institute, and the Meritorious Service Award from the Department of the Interior. He is an Emeritus Member of the Boone and Crockett Club. A Certified Wildlife Biologist, he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

About the Author
Thomas J Ryder

Thomas J. Ryder is retired Deputy Chief of Wildlife for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. During his 35 year career with the Department, he also served as Habitat Biologist, Large Carnivore Biologist, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Management Coordinator and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s Wildlife Policy Advisor. Following his retirement from state service, Ryder worked as Habitat Manager for the Sweetwater Conservancy’s 1.2 million acre ranch properties in central Wyoming helping develop their sage-grouse mitigation banking program. He received the Wyoming Game and Fish Director’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Professional of the Year Award in 2014. Ryder is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Past President, Fellow, and Honorary Member of The Wildlife Society and received The Society’s Jim McDonough Award in 2000. He is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club and was elected into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2023. Ryder holds a Wildlife Conservation and Management from the University of Wyoming and a M.S. from the University of Wyoming in Zoology and Physiology. His areas of expertise include big game and large carnivore ecology and management and historical aspects of wildlife conservation.

Table of Contents

Historical Foundations

Chapter 1: Melding Past, Present, and Future: The Importance of Tribal Management in Wildlife Conservation and Management

Mateen A. Hessami, Ty J. Werdel, Serra J. Hoagland, and Michel T. Kohl


Chapter 2: Western Culture: Historical Wildlife Management and Value Orientations

John Organ and Richard E. McCabe


Chapter 3: Establishment of the Wildlife Management Profession and Environmental Movement

John Organ and Richard E. McCabe


Chapter 4: Aldo Leopold and A Sand County Almanac: Key Concepts and Historical Significance

Thomas J. Ryder and Daniel J. Thompson


Chapter 5: Environmental Economics

Joe Kerkvliet




Contemporary Wildlife Conservation and Management

Chapter 6: Present Day Wildlife and Natural Resource Issues

Patrick Lederle, Ann Forstchen


Chapter 7: Human Dimensions of Wildlife

William F. Siemer, Daniel J. Decker and Shawn J. Riley


Chapter 8: Careers in Wildlife Biology and Closely Related Disciplines

Chad Bishop, Erim Gómez, John Organ, and Tom Ryder


Chapter 9: Conserving and Managing Wildlife and Natural Resources: Who Does What?

Christian A. Smith and Dean G. Smith


Chapter 10: The Global Trade in Wildlife and Wildlife Parts

Salvatore M. Amato


Chapter 11: Population Dynamics: Contemporary Wildlife Management and Conservation

Joshua J. Millspaugh and Paul M. Lukacs


Chapter 12: Applying Key Concepts: Management of Harvested Species

David A. Haukos


Chapter 13: Conservation and Management of Endangered and Imperiled Species

Jonathan R. Mawdsley


Chapter 14: Capture and Monitoring Techniques Used to Study and Manage Wildlife

Chad Bishop and Victoria J. Dreitz



Special Topics

Chapter 15: The Endangered Species Act: Historical Significance and Contemporary Implementation

Chris Segal


Chapter 16: The Endangered Species Act: Protecting Wildlife Species from Extinction

James R. Lyons, Christopher E. Seagal, and Lowell E. Baier


Chapter 17: Environmental Economics

Joe Kerkvliet


Chapter 18: International Wildlife Conservation – Challenges Do Not Stop at the Border

John L. Koprowski and Maria Vittoria Mazzamuto


Chapter 19: Walking the Fine Line: Science and Advocacy

Chad J. Bishop and John Organ



Looking Forward

Chapter 20: Enhancing Diversity

Erim Gómez


Chapter 21: Future Conservation Challenges

Steve Williams and Ronald J. Regan