The Search for Applications of Chemical Signals in Wildlife Management

  • Stephen A. Shumake


Chemical signals play a vital role in the lives of many wildlife species. Several review articles (Bronson, 1971; Chael and Sprott, 1971; Ralls, 1971; Eisenberg and Kleiman, 1972; Estes, 1972; Mykytowycz, 1972) have described the diversity of chemical signals, their glandular or excretory origins, and their effects on behavior and reproduction in a variety of wild animals. Most often, chemical signals (pheromones) from conspecifics have been investigated. However, interspecific signals or allomones (Eisenberg and Kleiman, 1972) as well as odors and flavors of certain food items (Hansson, 1973; Rice and Church, 1974) and prey odors (Burghardt, 1970) have been studied and have been found to have survival and chemical signal value to many species.


Chemical Signal Wildlife Management Vaginal Secretion Scent Gland Odor Preference 
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  • Stephen A. Shumake
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  1. 1.United States Fish and Wildlife ServiceWildlife Research CenterDenverUSA

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