Interagency Coordination and the Restoration of Wildlife Populations

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Bleich, V. C., C. D. Hargis, J. A. Keay, and J. D. Wehausen. 1991. Interagency coordination and the restoration of wildlife populations. Pages 277-284 in J. Edelbrock and S. Carpenter (eds). Natural Areas and Yosemite: Prospects for the Future. U. S. National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Denver, CO.

ABSTRACT: Interagency coordination is an extremely important, but often overlooked, aspect of wildlife restoration efforts. In the Sierra Nevada of eastern California, a model example of interagency coordination has resulted in the restoration of mountain sheep to three historical ranges from which they had been extirpated. The restoration of mountain sheep to the Yosemite ecosystem is used to exemplify the importance and desirability of interagency coordination. Predator control, in an effort to salvage a declining population of mountain sheep (Ovis Canadensis californiana), was facilitated by the close working relationship and common objectives of those agencies working to restore mountain sheep to formerly occupied historical ranges. Interagency coordination not only is desirable, it is essential if wildlife restoration programs are to be successful.