BIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF WILD ANIMALS

Course ID: BZO-SE>BIGZŁ
Course title: BIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF WILD ANIMALS
Semester: 3 / Winter
ECTS: 4
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Animal Science
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites:
Contact person: dr n. wet Przemysław Cwynar przemyslaw.cwynar@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: The aim of the course is to introduce hunting management in Poland, as part of wildlife conservation. The course covers both the history and tasks of the polish hunting associations and acquire knowledge of the biology of wild living animals, including major zoonotic diseases of these animals. The course is supplemented by practical hours (field trips) organized in thematic wild life centers, where students have the opportunity to learn more about the basic rules of breeding of wild animals and their rehabilitation as well. They have also a chance to know more about basic hunting equipment.
Full description: The tasks of wildlife management and game management in Poland and other countries. The history of hunting, its importance and relationship to animal husbandry, agriculture and forestry. Biology and management of wild living animals. The role and function of breeding and rehabilitation centers for wild animals. Organization and management of wildlife breeding centres and hunting areas. Breeding and protection of wild game animals. Breeding of wild and domesticated animals. Zoonotic threats. Hunting cynology. Hunting rules. Hunting equipment. Legal regulations and the ethical issues, tradition, manners and culture of wildlife management.
Bibliography: 1.Rinella S. The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game. Big game. Spiegel & Grau, New York (USA), 2015. 2.Rinella S. The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game. Small Game and Fowl. Spiegel & Grau, New York (USA), 2015. 3.Bartylla S. White-tailed Deer Management and Habitat Improvement. Krause Publication, Wisconsin (USA), 2016. 4.Posewitz J. Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting. Morris Book Publishing, Connecticut (USA), 1994. 5.Dokken T. Tom Dokken's Retriever Training: The Complete Guide to Developing Your Hunting Dog. Krause Publication, Wisconsin (USA), 2009.
Learning outcomes: After course completion In area of knowledge student: 1. has knowledge of the biology, breeding and protection of game animals and understands the importance and role of hunting as an element of applied ecology 2. has knowledge of the rational hunting management 3. indicates the possibility of the practical use of knowledge (species of wild animals, the main threats zoonotic, legal acts related to hunting, animal welfare and nature conservation) In area of skills student: 1. observes the impact of the environmental factors on the wild living animals, correctly explains the interactions between the different parts of the ecosystem, identify environmental risks, taking into account the zoonotic risk 2. correctly interprets and applies the legal acts on the protection of animals, including the detailed terms of the wildlife conservation and hunting games 3. on the basis of professional literature student formulates arguments concerning animal biology and welfare, discuss how to solve the current problems and is able to prepare reports, projects, papers and other presentation in the field In area of social competences student: 1. shows interest in updating the knowledge of game hunting and the animal balance in nature; knows the importance of biodiversity, including its strict control (game management) and promotes its protection in order to preserve the future of the environment 2. is sensitive to nature as a source of cognitive, aesthetic and educational sets as well as a hunting tourism and and sport's shooting (hiking hunting and sports shooting), always demonstrating ethical attitude to animals 3. is aware of the zoonotic risks and see the need for environmental action
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Completion of seminars The student is obliged to prepare a thematic oral presentation for the group (team play), and its scope will be given by the lecturer in the first classes. The presentation should be prepared by the team of max. 3 students. The oral should be prepared in multimedia and the abstract of the presentation must be forwarded to the teacher at latest at the end of the course. Completion of lectures Students who have passed the seminars are obliged to write a written exam before the end of the examination session. The exam takes 45 minutes and includes a test questions. Student is obligated to retake the exam when he will fail the first written test. Retaking the exam will be done during the oral exam or written test, but not later than up to the end of the examination session. The condition of obtaining a positive test score is to obtain min. 60% points. Final grade The final grade is the arithmetic mean from the student's grades (seminars and lectures). Attendance Attendance on classes and lectures is mandatory. Students, according to the "Regulations of the study at UPWr." may have up to 20% of absences in seminars and lectures totally.

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