Author

Brian Schnick

Date of Award

7-31-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Animal control and wildlife management, wild pigs, Geographic Information System model

Department

Geography

Abstract

The applicable Natural Resource area of this project is animal control and wildlife management, as wild pigs can be quite destructive to landscapes (Campbell, et al., 2010) (McCann, et al., 2008). Geographic Information System (GIS) predictive models have proven to be useful in regards to other mammals (Travaini, et al., 2007), raptors (Bustamante, et al., 2004), and pest species such as locusts (van der Werf, et al., 2005). Pigs are often nocturnal and bed down in heavy cover, hindering direct observation. Additionally, Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) encompasses over 400 square kilometers. Therefore, predictive modeling is an appropriate method for identifying areas likely to be inhabited by pigs, and when combined with a ranked collection of valued property, the model should prove to be a valuable resource for planning and allocating animal control measures.

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