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An illuminating look at the challenges and triumphs of state wildlife professionals at the forefront of the fight to protect the American wilderness.The adage "think globally but act locally" defines the work of American wildlife professionals. Their contributions, from remote outposts to major cities, guard the natural world of the entire country. In State Wildlife Management and Conservation, Thomas J. Ryder brings together wildlife leaders from practical, policy, and academic backgrounds to tell the story of state wildlife agencies, chronicling their efforts to restore and protect our nation's natural resources.Reflecting the core principle of the profession—that the public, not any individual, owns wildlife—the book explains how this tenet became law, laying the groundwork for the history of state-level wildlife management that follows. The authors cover key issues, including the limits of private land ownership, the funding of wildlife regulation, the nuances of humanwildlife conflict, the role of law enforcement, disease control efforts, and the challenges involved in balancing the perspectives of hunters, nonhunters, and animal rights advocates. Detailed essays also discuss state management techniques for a wide range of wildlife, including big game and migratory birds. State Wildlife Management and Conservation is a comprehensive, nationwide account of state management efforts. It will aid professors training the next generation of wildlife professionals, students hoping to enter the profession, and anyone working with wildlife to develop a more sophisticated understanding of what it means to be a state wildlife biologist. Contributors: M. Carol Bambery, Gordon R. Batcheller, Chad J. Bishop, Vernon C. Bleich, Dale Caveny, David K. Dahlgren, Daniel J. Decker, Karie L. Decker, Thomas A. Decker, Billy Dukes, John D. Erb, John R. Fischer, Ann B. Forstchen, Jonathan W. Gassett, Parks Gilbert, Colin M. Gillin, Tim L. Hiller, Daniel Hirchert, Michael W. Hubbard, Mark Humpert, Scott Hygnstrom, Robert P. Lanka, Richard E. McCabe, Jennifer Mock-Schaeffer, Brian Nesvik, Shaun L. Oldenburger, John F. Organ, Ronald J. Regan, Michael A. Schroeder, William F. Siemer, Christian Smith, Randy Stark, Gary J. Taylor, J. Scott Taylor, Daniel J. Thompson, Kurt VerCauteren, Mark P. Vrtiska, H. Bryant White, Steven A. Williams

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. Thomas J. Ryder
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. History of State Wildlife Management in the United States
  2. John F. Organ, Richard E. McCabe
  3. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2. Public Trust Doctrine and the Legal Basis for State Wildlife Management
  2. Gordon R. Batcheller, Thomas A. Decker, Robert P. Lanka
  3. pp. 24-38
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  1. 3. State Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Conservation: A Special Relationship
  2. Jennifer Mock-Schaeffer, M. Carol Bambery, Parks Gilbert, Gary J. Taylor
  3. pp. 39-53
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  1. 4. Evolution of Funding for State Fish and Wildlife Agencies: Promises Fulfilled, Promises to Keep
  2. Ronald J. Regan, Steven A. Williams
  3. pp. 54-60
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  1. 5. State Wildlife Law Enforcement
  2. Brian Nesvik, Randy Stark, Dale Caveny
  3. pp. 61-74
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  1. 6. State Management of Big Game
  2. Vernon C. Bleich, Daniel J. Thompson
  3. pp. 75-95
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  1. 7. State Management of Upland and Small Game
  2. David K. Dahlgren, Michael A. Schroeder, Billy Dukes
  3. pp. 96-115
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  1. 8. State Management of Furbearing Animals
  2. Tim L. Hiller, H. Bryant White, John D. Erb
  3. pp. 116-134
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  1. 9. State Management of Migratory Game Birds
  2. Mark P. Vrtiska, Shaun L. Oldenburger
  3. pp. 135-150
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  1. 10. State Management of Nongame Wildlife
  2. Karie L. Decker, Mark Humpert, J. Scott Taylor
  3. pp. 151-160
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  1. 11. State Management of Human–Wildlife Conflicts
  2. Kurt VerCauteren, Daniel Hirchert, Scott Hygnstrom
  3. pp. 161-175
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  1. 12. State Management of Wildlife Disease
  2. Colin M. Gillin, John R. Fischer
  3. pp. 176-193
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  1. 13. The Role of Human Dimensions in State Wildlife Management
  2. Daniel J. Decker, William F. Siemer, Ann B. Forstchen, Christian Smith
  3. pp. 194-207
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  1. 14. The Role of Field Research in State Wildlife Management
  2. Chad J. Bishop, Michael W. Hubbard
  3. pp. 208-219
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  1. 15. Future Needs and Challenges for State Wildlife Agencies
  2. Jonathan W. Gassett
  3. pp. 220-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-238
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