FW 251 : Wildlife Conservation

Transcript title

Wildlife Conservation



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

WR 121.


Introduces fundamentals of wildlife ecology and management and their role in wildlife conservation. Examines history of wildlife management, current issues and case examples in wildlife conservation.

Learning outcomes

1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models, and solutions and generate further questions;
2. Apply scientific technical modes of inquiry, individually, collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner;
3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment
4. Discuss federal and state responsibilities for fisheries and wildlife management.
5. Explain the development of wildlife management as a discipline in the United States.
6. Discuss basic needs of wildlife, including food, water, cover and space.
7. Be able to distinguish between home range, territory, migration, and dispersal with respect to wildlife.
8. Understand basic wildlife population dynamics and terminology.
9. Analyze and apply basic harvest management strategies for fish and wildlife.
10. Analyze impacts of non-native species (plant and animal) on native wildlife and habitat.
11. Apply the concept of ecological succession and the effect of forest management on succession and wildlife habitat.
12. Evaluate and discuss current case examples of wildlife and their interactions with humans and human activities (e.g. white-tailed deer in the Eastern United States and wolves in Oregon).
13. Effectively connect human dimension aspects with ecological principles when evaluating natural resource concerns.
14. Synthesize and evaluate a body of professional literature to produce a research manuscript adhering to publication guidelines for submission to a professional journal.

Content outline

• Wildlife conservation and values
• History of wildlife management
• Important legislation in wildlife management
• Food, nutrition, and water
• Wildlife cover requirements
• Wildlife movements
• Wildlife reproduction
• Basic population dynamics
• Harvest management
• Threatened and endangered species
• Exotic wildlife
• Succession and wildlife
• Managing wildlife habitat - forest management

Required materials

Requires textbook, see syllabus for details.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Science not Lab

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