2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium
 

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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Bruce Kingsbury

Department/Program

Department of Biology

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract

Translocation, the purposeful relocation of wildlife for conservation purposes, is becoming increasingly popular. The decision to relocate animals can be motivated by a variety of circumstantial factors, including efforts to avoid harm to wildlife, humans, or both, and efforts to reestablish or augment imperiled populations. However, the utility of approaches remains poorly studied, and thus the success of such approaches remains unclear. We present preliminary findings from our efforts to translocate “nuisance” Massasaugas (Sistrurus catenatus) away from military training activities into an area where we have been studying resident snakes for many years. We radio tracked snakes to gather information on their spatial ecology. Specifically, we report preliminary findings on natural history and general movement patterns of translocated snakes compared to a resident control group. Our goal is for relocated snakes to successfully establish new home ranges, rather than return to military use zones. Our research will provide land managers with insight into human-wildlife interactions from a conservation approach.

Disciplines

Biology | Life Sciences

Translocating Massasaugas as a Conservation Measure

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