Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1972

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Abstract

The ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is an important game bird, and various management techniques have been implemented in its behalf. One of the most common practices has been transplanting or stocking wherein pheasants are introduced into an area with a depleted population in hopes of increasing pheasant production. The effects of such programs are difficult to evaluate since there is no way of knowing if the introduced birds are in any way responsible for production changes which subsequently occur. If the taxonomic characteristics of the native and the introduced populations could be determined, the effect that introduced birds have on the local gene pool could more readily be determined. The objectives of this study were to (1) determine taxonomic characteristics of South Dakota pheasants using protein electrophoresis, (2) attempt to identify populations within the state, and (3) determine taxonomic characteristics of pheasants stocked into South Dakota from Pennsylvania.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Pheasants -- South Dakota
Biochemical genetics
Bird populations -- South Dakota
electrophoresis

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-29)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

47

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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