Wild Life Management

Maki Yamamoto

Maki Yamamoto
Associate Professor

Laboratory of Wild Life Management studies the ecology and behavior of mammals and seabirds to improve our understanding of the complex interactions between humans and ecosystems. Agricultural damage by wildlife animals and birds are serious problems in hilly and mountainous areas in Japan. Total annual damage of agricultural crops is exceeding 20 billion yen. Furthermore, the shrinking workforce along with aging population in these areas makes it difficult to control wildlife animal damages. We analyze the ecological data and introduce the latest engineering technology to control animal agricultural damages with the limited man power. Our current effort is also placed on the conservation of native seabird populations. We monitor seabird breeding populations in a small island in the Japanese sea to evaluate the impacts of weather, food supplies and other factors, as well as invader species, on their population changes. The goal of this effort is to identify better management options for the conservation of native seabirds.

  1. Population management of great cormorants and validation of fish reef for the inland fishery.
  2. Development of real-time monitoring systems for mammals using GPS and ICT techniques.
  3. Conservation and monitoring of streaked shearwater breeding in the Awa-Island.
  4. Development of new devices for the bird-scattering system using ice gun, laser and parametric speakers.

The receiver of real time monitoring system for monkeys.

Great cormorants caused by serious inland fishery damage.