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Wildlife Research

Human-Wildlife Interactions and their Management

As more people move into wildlife habitat and adaptable wildlife move into residential areas, human-wildlife interactions are increasing. These may or may not be desired by stakeholders, and it is stakeholder tolerance of, and desires for wildlife, i.e. social carrying capacity, that drives wildlife management decisions. I have investigated social carrying capacity for snakes and used results to develop outreach materials aimed at influencing social carrying capacity for snakes. Currently, I am working with a colleague in Hawai'i to further investigate issues associated with social carrying capacity, in the context of non-native mammals in Hawai'i.

Urban Fishing Project

 

Wildlife Value Orientations in Iowa

 

White Nose Syndrome: Stop the Spread!

Bat populations in the Midwest have been dealt a blow, with the discovery of White Nose Syndrome in a bat cave in northeastern Missouri.  White nose syndrome was first discovered in a population of hibernating cave bats in New York in 2006 and has since spread as far south as Virginia and as far west as northeastern Missouri.  It seems inevitable that it will soon appear in Iowa's bat populations.

White Nose Syndrome was named due to the obvious white fungus which grows on the noses of infected bats.  It may also appear on a bat's wings, ears, and tails.  The fungus itself, Geomyces destructans, was previously unknown.  Currently, scientists do not know if the fungus is the sole cause of the bat deaths, or if it occurs in animals which have already been weakened in some other way and thus have compromised immune systems. 

If you should discover a bat which you believe is afflicted with white nose syndrome in Iowa, please document the location and obtain a clear digital photo if possible, and then contact Rebecca Christoffel (christof@iastate.edu) at:

Iowa State University, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 339 Science II, Ames, Iowa 50011

Phone: (515) 294-7429