The Pros And Cons Of Conservation Biology

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In conservation biology, it is one of the main goals to determine MVP (minimum viable population) and reserve size. These estimates that are produced via simulation, are valuable in the sense as grizzly populations are often endangered or threatened, and their population has been declining for a number of years (Wielgus, 2001).
Although the population is declining, it is still legal in North America to hunt these endangered species, as trophy hunting and is believed to be beneficial or nonthreatening for the population to grow. It is believed to protect the population due to reduced number of cannibalistic and competitive adult males, subsequently leading to the increase and survival of the cubs, hence increasing the population. However, studies have found this to be false, as removing the male grizzlies will ultimately lead to the reduction in the production of cubs, meaning that the cubs are less likely to survive, thus the population will decreases (Wielgus, 2001).
As shown in Figure 1, if stochasticity is not included, then the population will have minor fluctuations in population size, however, it will not result in the extinction of the species. Stochasticity is unpredictable spatiotemporal fluctuation in environmental conditions, which means it is the
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The advantages include, having more of an insight and idea, resulting in a better conservation effort, resulting in the population to increase. This is due to the fact that the data will provide more information on how the environment will respond to stochasticity activities. However, the disadvantages of running numerous simulations is that the data is not specific, meaning it is very general. It does not outline what would happen if something irregular were to happen. It is relying on the fact that there will always be some sort of stochasticity involvement in the incline and decline of

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