Fundamentals of Wildlife Management.
What is Wildlife Management? Definitions and basics: a) Systematics and taxonomy b) The concept of species c) Distribution area and range.
Biological diversity and conservation: a) What is "biological diversity"? b) Management and conservation of biological diversity c) The I.U.C.N.
Ecology and behaviour of wildlife: a) Food chains b) Feeding adaptations c) Feeding behaviour d) Resource usage e) Space use and territoriality.
Ecology and population dynamics: a) Sub-populations and meta-populations b) Population parameters c) Population dynamics.
Health issues: a) Definitions b) Management of health issues.
Predation and management of predators: a) Predation b) Surplus killing c) Management of predators d) Livestock damage.
Hunting management: a) Evolution of hunting activities b) Sustainable and exploitative hunting regimes c) Compensative and additive mortalities d) Trophy hunting and selective (stalking) hunting e) Habitat improvements f) Italian laws g) National Institute for Wildlife Research/State Inst. for Environmental Research.
Protected areas: a) Preservation and conservation b) Size of a protected areas c) Overabundance and Carrying capacity d) Wildlife control in protected areas e) Italian laws.
Wildlife releases: a) Re-inforcement/Supplementation b) Introduction c) Re-introduction d) Translocation e) Aims and objectives for a re-introduction f) Italian laws Conservation of small populations.
Methods of assessment: a) Counts b) Main factors influencing the selection of a sampling regime c) Selection of counts methods d) Precision, accuracy and bias of a sampling method.
Main species to manage/conserve in Italy: Wolf, Brown bear, Red fox, Eurasian lynx, Otter and other Mustelids, Red deer, Roe deer, Alpine and Apennine chamois, Mouflon, Wild boar, Italian hare, brown hare and wild rabbit, Porcupine, Coypu, Ring-necked pheasant.