Biologically sound wildlife policy can be developed most efficiently using adaptive management (Walters 1986; Lancia 1996, NRC 1997). An adaptive management approach that had research designed to provide data to reduce areas of current uncertainty should eventually give a more realistic assessment of the feasibility of eradication of B. abortus in the GYA. Adaptive management means conducting management activities as hypothesis tests, the outcome of which will direct the subsequent efforts to achieve the ultimate goal. Adaptive management is not just modifying management in light of experience; it is designing management intervention to maximize what can be learned from the experiments (NRC 1997).

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