Pulling on the Same End of the Rope: Developing a Regional CWD Adaptive Management Framework

One solution to overcoming the challenges of CWD management in Michigan, is the development and implementation of a regional adaptive management approach. A regional CWD adaptive management framework requires a two-phase learning approach. Phase I entails identifying and understanding stakeholder needs surrounding deer and CWD management; developing clear and measurable objectives; identifying alternative CWD management strategies; creating statistical tools/models to measure the consequences of management alternatives; and developing a monitoring plan to gauge deer and CWD response to management.

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