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Adaptive management

"A type of natural resource management in which decisions are made as part of an ongoing science - based process. Adaptive management involves testing, monitoring, and evaluating applied strategies, and incorporating new knowledge into management approaches that are based on scientific findings and the needs of society. Results are used to modify management policy, strategies, and practices" (water.usgs.gov/owq/cleanwater/ufp/glossary.html)

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Camouflage

The devices that animals use to blend into their environment in order to avoid being seen by predators or prey, especially coloration. Something that is intended to hide, disguise, or mislead

Concolor

Scientific classification ? Species Kingdom ? Animalia Phylum ? Chordata Class ? Mammalia Order ? Carnivora Family ? Felidae Genus ? Puma Species - Concolor

Conservation

1.) Is a political, social and, to some extent, scientific movement that seeks to protect natural resources including plant and animal species as well as their habitat for the future. 2.) An ethic of resource use, allocation, and protection. Its primary focus is upon maintaining the health of the natural world: its forests, fisheries, habitats, and biological diversity. Secondary focus is on materials conservation and energy conservation, which are seen as important to protect the natural world.

Cub

An offspring of some carnivorous mammals, for example, a bear, lion, or tiger

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Den

The hidden home of a wild animal

DNA

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and some viruses. The main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information. DNA is often compared to a set of blueprints or a recipe, or a code, since it contains the instructions needed to construct other components of cells, such as proteins and RNA molecules

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Ecology

The scientific study of the distribution and abundance of life and the interactions between organisms and their natural environment.

Endangered Species Act

(ESA) is the most wide-ranging of the dozens of United States environmental laws passed in the 1970s. As stated in section 2 of the act, it was designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a 'consequence of economic growth and development untendered by adequate concern and conservation.'

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Habitat

The natural conditions and environment, for example, forest, desert, or wetlands, in which a plant or animal lives

Hair Trap

Using a wire to obtain hair or skin samples that can later used to identify DNA.

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Kitten

The young of a cat

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Landscape

Comprises the visible features of an area of land.

Landscape Ecology

A subdiscipline of ecology that investigates the ecological causes and consequences of spatial pattern, process and change in landscapes

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Mortality

Measure of the number of deaths in a given population. The condition of being mortal, or susceptible to death; the opposite of immortality

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National Environmental Policy Act

(NEPA) is a United States environmental law that was signed into law on January 1, 1970 by U.S. President Richard Nixon.[1] The law established a U.S. national policy promoting the enhancement of the environment and also established the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). But NEPA's most significant effect was to set up procedural requirements for all federal government agencies to prepare Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). EAs and EISs contain statements of the environmental effects of proposed federal agency actions.[2] NEPA?s procedural requirements apply to all federal agencies in the executive branch. NEPA does not apply to the President, to Congress, or to the federal courts.[3]

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Outcrop

The part of a rock formation that is exposed on the surface of the ground

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Panther

a large wild cat, also called mountain lion, also called catamount, also called cougar, also called panther, also called puma

Prey

An animal or animals that are caught, killed, and eaten by another animal as food; the natural practice or habit of predatory animals to hunt, kill, and eat other animals

Puma concolor

Scientific classification ? Genus

Purr

The characteristic soft low murmuring noise that a cat makes when it seems to be contented

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Radio Telemetry

A technology that allows the remote measurement and reporting of information of interest to the system designer or operator. Used in locating radio-collared animals. The word is derived from Greek roots tele = remote, and metron = measure. Systems that need instructions and data sent to them in order to operate require the counterpart of telemetry.

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Scat

A waste product produced in the digestive track.

Stealth

The action of doing something slowly, quietly, and covertly, in order to avoid detection

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Territory -

Land, or an area of land; an area that an animal considers as its own and that it defends against intruders of the same species

Tranquilizer

A drug that induces tranquillity in an individual.

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Vocalization

A type of animal communication involving their vocal cords