Management for wildlife on grasslandrangeland reduce

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Management for wildlife on grassland/rangeland Reduce overgrazing- just make sure that when domestic animals are on particular pieces of land, don’t over use it! Restore the grasslands – moderately grazed grasslands increases productivity, too much is bad. 75% of public range lands were producing at less than half of their potential. Grass could be produced more if properly grazed… not as well managed as they could be Let them go through natural succession could be good and timely, but shrubby grass lands may need treatments (cutting shrubs down, herbicides that kill leafy plants, prescribed fires burning places with idea to keep grasslands and burn shrubs, seeding with natural species of grasses) Reduce fencing—impediments to animal movement. Reducing fencing in grazing habitats (change fencing) results can include populations dying off. Mongolian gazelles wanting to migrate and get caught up in fences Alternative (to domestic) species. Do we have to have them? Or are there reasonable alternatives, such as non-utilized exotics species that could be used to harvest and eat… horses and burros? Protected as cultural icons Game Ranching- why not ranch wild animals? African Antelopes Higher (3-4x) productivity— better at food selection Water- need less Disease- evolved with Lower cultural acceptance North American Bison- some places have preferences to have some meat over others. Bison is cow-like, and of all the potentially wild species, you can buy bison because it is accepted (can also allow for a reconstruction of ecosystems)
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  • Spring '12
  • ToddFuller
  • Poaceae, Grassland, American Bison, grasslands increases productivity

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