|Document Type:||Journal Article|
|Title:||Optimal Control of Wild Horse Populations with Nonlethal Methods|
|Author:||Robert Fonner, Alok K. Bohara|
|Publication Year:||In press|
|Keywords:||Wildlife managment,Dynamic programming,Bioeconomics,Wild horses,Fertility control|
Effective management of wild horse populations has proven difficult for land managers. This paper develops and evaluates dynamic optimization models of wild horse management for three nonlethal population control methods: removals, fertility control, and a hybrid method combining removals and fertility control. Two state variables are included in the models to account for horses on the range and horses in off-range holding facilities. The optimization problems are solved and dynamic simulations are generated for each method. The results indicate that a strategic approach to nonlethal wild horse population control has the potential to signifi- cantly improve management efficiency.
This study develops dynamic optimization models to evaluate alternative non-lethal wild horse managment strategies.
|Full Text URL:||http://le.uwpress.org/content/93/3/390.full.pdf+html|
|Theme:||Habitats to Support Sustainable Fisheries and Recovered Populations|
Characterize the interaction of human use and habitat distribution, quantity and quality.
Develop effective and efficient habitat restoration and conservation techniques.
Fonner, Robert, and Alok K. Bohara. "Optimal Control of Wild Horse Populations with Nonlethal Methods." Land Economics 93, no. 3 (2017): 390-412, doi:10.3368/le.93.3.390