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    Author(s): Leonard F. Ruggiero; Michael K. SchwartzKeith B. Aubry; Charles J. Krebs; Amanda Stanley; Steven W. Buskirk
    Date: 2000
    Source: In: Ruggiero, Leonard F.; Aubry, Keith B.; Buskirk, Steven W.; Koehler, Gary M.; Krebs, Charles J.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Squires, John R. Ecology and conservation of lynx in the United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-30WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 101-116.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    In conservation planning, the importance of natural variation is often given inadequate consideration. However, ignoring the implications of variation within species may result in conservation strategies that jeopardize, rather than conserve, target species (see Grieg 1979; Turcek 1951; Storfer 1999). Natural variation in the traits of individuals and populations is the product of the genetic composition of the individual and the environment to which the individual is exposed. Inherited traits are those that are largely genetically determined, whereas non-inherited traits result primarily from environmental influences and are not under direct genetic control. Inherited and non-inherited traits are an oversimplification of a complex phenomenon and represent two ends of a gradient of variation.

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    Ruggiero, Leonard F.; Schwartz, Michael K.; Aubry, Keith B.; Krebs, Charles J.; Stanley, Amanda; Buskirk, Steven W. 2000. Species conservation and natural variation among populations [Chapter 5]. In: Ruggiero, Leonard F.; Aubry, Keith B.; Buskirk, Steven W.; Koehler, Gary M.; Krebs, Charles J.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Squires, John R. Ecology and conservation of lynx in the United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-30WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 101-116.

    Keywords

    lynx, snowshoe hares, ecology, habitat, northern lynx, southern lynx, lynx management

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