A Novel Hierarchical Multinomial Approach to Modeling Age-Specific Harvest Data
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We develop a hierarchical Leslie matrix modeling framework to model age-specific harvest data for estimating age proportions of animal populations. As our methodology avoids expensive radiotelemetry studies, we argue through simulation and case studies that it provides a flexible modeling alternative to analysing age-specific harvest data for effective wildlife management.
KeywordsLeslie matrix White-tailed deer Harvest data Beta distribution Population reconstruction
This research was funded by the Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund and Mitacs Accelerate awards. We would like to thank Wildlife Division, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, for providing us the data and support. We would also like to thank Hugh Chipman and Holger Teismann for their support and useful discussions and Anja Haltner for reviewing this paper.
We are also indebted to the editors for their effort of organizing the proceedings of the TIES-GRASPA 2017 conference and anonymous reviewer for the constructive comments which improved the presentation of the paper.
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