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Computer use in vertebrate pest management has been suggested for allocating research funds and justifying budgets, and a technique for doing so is suggested. An algorithm for deciding when to use computers is given. Injury and damage are defined, and the role of the computer in determining the marginal difference is supported. Eight specific applications for computers are recommended, including increased use of nonparametric statistical techniques. The use of the computer as a deductive aid in data analysis for managerial decision making is suggested. A regional or national computer program is described both as a means for improving vertebrate pest damage control decisions and as a concept essential for improved evaluation of control procedures.
vertebrate pest control, computers, systems ecology, vertebrate pests, control
Professor of wildlife management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va