Applicability of Basic Physiology and Nutrition Research to Practical Wildlife Management

Past emphasis on wildlife research with immediate applicability has resulted in good management progress with minimum effort. However, this emphasis may now be impeding management progress. Most of the "easy" answers may be known already. Wildlife scientists and managers should recognize the need for basic physiological and nutritional research to improve future management procedures. Examples are given ofrecent knowledge concerning wild species that have been obtained through such basic research, the possible implications ofthis knowledge, and the need for more "in depth" research on the biology and ecology ofthe species with which we work.

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