Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Montana Wildlife
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Montana Wildlife Staff Member


Dr. Mike Mitchell

Unit Leader
Phone: (406) 243 - 4390
Email: Mike.Mitchell@umontana.edu
Personal website

Education

  • Ph D North Carolina State University 1997
  • MS North Carolina State University 1992
  • BS James Madison University 1983

Biography

Mike was born on Okinawa and grew up an Air Force brat, living in the Midwest and Southeast. He did his undergraduate work at James Madison University, graduating with a BS in Biology. Afterwards he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he flew UH-1N Hueys and achieved the rank of Captain. After leaving the Corps, Mike enrolled in graduate school at North Carolina State University where he earned a MS in Wildlife Biology (studying small mammals in eastern North Carolina) and a PhD in Zoology (studying black bears in the Appalachian Mountains). Since then, Mike has served as the Assistant Unit Leader (Wildlife) in the Alabama Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and Unit Leader of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

Research Publications Publication Date
Zimova, M., L. S. Mills, P. M. Lukacs, and M. S. Mitchell. 2014. Snowshoe hares display limited phenotypic plasticity to mismatch in seasonal camouflage. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:20140029. 2014-03-31
Wigley, T. B., W. M. Baughman, M. E. Dorcas, J. A. Gerwin, J. W. Gibbons, D. C. Guynn, Jr., R. A. Lancia, Y. A. Leiden, M. S. Mitchell, K. R. Russell. 2000. Contributions of intensively managed forests tothe sustainability of wildlife communities in the south. SustainingSouthern Forests: the Science of Forest Assessment. 2000-11-30
Wigley, T. B., M. S. Mitchell, P. C. Van Deusen, and R. A. Lancia. 2001. Tools for blending economic and ecological objectives on private forestlands. Invited Paper. Transactions of the 66th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference:61-76. 2001-12-31
Stetz, J. B., M. S. Mitchell, and K. C. Kendall. 2018. Evidence of Competition in Shaping Seasonal Density Patterns of Sympatric Ursids. Ecography. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03556 2018-04-30
Sparklin, W. D. M. S. Mitchell, D. B. Jolley, and L. B. Hanson. 2009. Territoriality of feral pigs in a highly persecuted population on Fort Benning, Georgia Journal of Wildlife Management 73:497-502. 2008-10-31
Sharp, N. W., M. S. Mitchell, and J. B. Grand. 2009. Sources, sinks, and spatial ecology of cotton mice in longleaf pine stands undergoing restoration. Journal of Mammalogy. 2009-12-31
Sells, S. N., S. B. Bassing, K. J. Barker, S. C. Forshee, A. C. Keever, J. W. Goerz, and M. S. Mitchell. 2018. Increased scientific rigor will improve reliability of research and effectiveness of management. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:485-494. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21413. 2018-03-31
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, and J. A. Gude. 2019. Addressing disease risk to develop a health program for bighorn sheep in Montana. Chapter 14 in: Rung, M. C., S. J. Converse, J. E. Lyons, and D. R. Smith, editors, Case Studies in Decision Analysis for Natural Resource Management, Johns Hopkins Press. 2019-07-31
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, V. L. Edwards, J. A. Gude, and N. J. Anderson. Submitted. A Decision Analytical Approach to Proactive Management of Pneumonia Epizootics in Bighorn Sheep. Journal of Wildlife Management. 2016-07-31
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, J. J. Nowak, P. M. Lukacs, N. J. Anderson, J. M. Ramsey, and J. A. Gude. Submitted. Modeling Risk of Pneumonia Epizootics in Bighorn Sheep. Journal of Wildlife Management. 2015-01-31
Saalfeld, S. T., S. S. Ditchkoff, J. J. Ozaga, and M. S. Mitchell. 2007. Seasonal variation in sex ratios provides developmental advantages in white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus. Canadian Field Naturalist. 2009-01-31
S. S. Ditchkoff, B.L. Williams, M.S. Mitchell, J.B. Grand, and J.J> Millspaugh. Fecal Glucocorticoid Metabolites in Wild Pig Populations Fluctuate Based on Reproductive Cycle. Wildlife Society Bulletin: 00(0): 000-000, 201X | Abstract 2011-02-28
Ruprecht, J. S., D. E. Ausband, M. S. Mitchell, E. O. Garten, and P. Zager. 2012. Homesite attendance based on sex, breeding status, and number of helpers in gray wolf packs. Journal of Mammalogy 93:1001–1005. 2012-09-30
Runge, M.C., J.B. Grand, and M.S. Mitchell. 2013. Structured decision making. pp. 51-72. In P.R. Krausman and J.W. Cain eds. Wildlife Management and conservation: Contemporary principles and practices. Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland. 2013-01-31
Runge, M.C., J.B. Grand, and M.S. Mitchell. 2013. Structured decision making. Pages 51-72 in P.R. Krausman and J.W. Cain III, editors. Wildlife Management and Conservation: Contemporary Principles and Practices. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2014-11-30
Robinson, H., T. Ruth, J. A. Gude, D. Choate, R. DeSimone, M. Hebblewhite, K. Kunkel, M. R. Matchett, M. S. Mitchell, K. Murphy, and J. Williams. 2015. Linking Resource Selection and Mortality Modeling for Population Estimation of Mountain Lions in Montana. Ecological Modelling g 312: 11–25. 2015-06-30
Robinson, H, R. DeSimone, C. Hartway, J. Gude, M. Thompson, M. Mitchell and M. Hebblewhite. Submitted. A test of the compensatory mortality hypothesis in mountain lions: a management experiment in west-central Montana. Journal of Wildlife Management 2014-06-30
Rich, L. N., M. S. Mitchell, J. A. Gude, and C. A. Sime. 2012. Anthropogenic mortality, intraspecific competition, and prey availability structure territory sizes of wolves in Montana. Journal of Mammalogy 93:722-731. 2012-06-30
Rich, L. N., E. M. Glenn, M. S. Mitchell, J. A. Gude, R. E. Russell, C. A. Sime, D. E. Ausband, and J. D. Nichols. Submitted. Estimating occupancy and predicting numbers of gray wolf packs in Montana using hunter surveys. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1280-1289. 2013-07-31
Reynolds-Hogland, M. J., and M. S. Mitchell. 2007. Three axes of ecological studies: Matching process and time in landscape ecology. IN J. A. Bissonette and I. Storch (eds) Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to Variable Resources. Springer, New York. 10:174-194 2007-01-31
Reynolds-Hogland, M. J., and M. S. Mitchell. 2007. Road effects on habitat quality for black bears in the Southern Appalachians:a long term study. Journal of Mammalogy, 88(4):1062-107. 2007-08-31
Reynolds-Hogland, M. J., and M. S. Mitchell. 2006. Spatio-temporal availability of soft mast in clearcuts in the Southern Appalachians. Forest Ecology and Management 237:103-114. 2006-12-31
Reynolds-Hogland, M. J., M. S. Mitchell, R. A. Powell, and D. C. Brown. 2007. Selection of den sites by black bears in the Southern Appalachians. Journal of Mammology, 88(4):1062-1073. 2007-08-31
Reynolds-Hogland, M. J., L. B. Pacifici, and M. S. Mitchell. 2007. Linking resources with demography to understand resource limitation for bears. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44:1166-1175. 2007-12-31
Reynolds-Hogland, M. J., J. S. Hogland, M. S. Mitchell. 2007. Evaluating intercepts from demograhic models to understand resource limitation and thresholds. Ecological Modeling, 211:424-432. 2007-11-30
Reynolds, M. J., and M. S. Mitchell. 2007. Three Axes of Ecological Studies: Matching Process and Time in Landscape Ecology. In Bissonette, J. A., and I. Storch, editors, Temporal Explicitness in Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to Changes in Time. Springer, New York, NY. 2007-04-30
Powell, R.A. and M.S. Mitchell. 1998. Topographical constraints and home range quality. Ecography 21:337-341 1998-01-31
Powell, R. A., and M. S. Mitchell. 2012. What is a home range? Journal of Mammalogy 93:948-958. 2012-09-30
Newby, J. R., L. S. Mills, T. K. Ruth, D. H. Pletscher, M. S. Mitchell, H. B. Quigley, K. M. Murphy, and R. DeSimone. 2013. Human-caused mortality influences spatial population dynamics: Pumas in landscapes with varying mortality risks. Biological Conservation 159:230-239. 2013-04-30
Morgan Henderson, M., M. Hebblewhite, M. S. Mitchell, J. B. Stetz, K. C. Kendall, and R. G. Carlson. 2015. Modeling multi-scale resource selection for bear rub trees in Northwestern Montana and Idaho. Ursus 26:28–39 2015-01-31
Mitchell, M.S., R.A. Lancia, and E.J. Jones. 1996. Use of insecticide to control destructive activity of ants during trapping of small mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 77:1107-1113. 1996-01-31
Mitchell, M.S., K.S. Karriker, E.J. Jones, and R.A. Lancia. 1995. Small mammal communities associated with pine plantation management of pocosins. The Journal of Wildlife Management 59:875-881. 1995-01-31
Mitchell, M. S., and R. A. Powell. 2008. Estimated home ranges can misrepresent habitat relationships on patchy landscapes. Ecological Modelling 216:409-414. 2008-10-31
Mitchell, M. S., and R. A. Powell. 2007. Optimal use of resources structures, home ranges and spatial distribution of black bears. Animal Behaviour 74:219-230. 2007-06-30
Mitchell, M. S., and R. A. Powell. 2004. A mechanistic home range model for optimal use of spatially distributed resources. Ecological Modelling 177:209-232. 2004-02-28
Mitchell, M. S., and R. A. Powell. 2003. Response of black bears to forest management in the southern Appalachian mountains. Journal of Wildlife Management 67:692-705. 2003-08-31
Mitchell, M. S., and R. A. Powell. 2001. Linking fitness landscapes with the behavior and distribution of animals. In Bissonette, J. A., and I. Storch, editors, Landscape ecology and resource management: linking theory with practice. Island Press. 2002-09-30
Mitchell, M. S., and R. A. Powell. 2012. Foraging optimally for a home range. Journal of Mammalogy 93:917-928. 2012-09-30
Mitchell, M. S., and M. Sievering. 2004. Spotted skunk Spilogale putorius. Pp. 210-211 in R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, and T. L. Best, eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 2004-05-31
Mitchell, M. S., and M. Sievering. 2004. Long-tailed weasel Mustela frenata. Pp. 208-209 in R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, and T. L. Best, eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 2004-05-31
Mitchell, M. S., and M. Hebblewhite. 2012. Carnivore habitat ecology: integrating theory and application. In Boitani and Powell, editors, Carnivore ecology and conservation: a handbook of techniques. Oxford University Press, London, UK. 2012-01-31
Mitchell, M. S., S. N. Sells, S. B. Bassing, K. J. Barker, A. C. Keever, S. C. Forshee, and J. W. Goerz. 2018. Explicitly reporting tests of hypotheses improves communication of science. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21461. 2018-05-31
Mitchell, M. S., S. N. Sells, K. J. Barker, S. B. Bassing, A. C. Keever, S. C. Forshee, and J. W. Goerz. 2018. Testing A Priori Hypotheses Improves the Reliability of Wildlife Research. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21568 2018-08-31
Mitchell, M. S., S. H. Rutzmoser, T. B. Wigley, C. Loehle, J. A. Gerwin, P. D. Keyser, R. A. Lancia, R. W. Perry, C. J. Reynolds, R. E. Thill, R. Weih, D. White, Jr., P. Bohall Wood. 2006. Relationships between avian richness and landscape structure at multiple scales using multiple landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management. 2006-05-31
Mitchell, M. S., R. A. Lancia, and J. A. Gerwin. 2001. Using landscape-level data to predict the distribution of birds on a managed forest:effects of scale. Ecological Applications11:1692-1708. 2000-12-31
Mitchell, M. S., M. J. Reynolds-Hogland, M. L. Smith, P. B. Wood, J. A. Beebe, P. D. Keyser, C. Loehle, C. J. Reynolds, and D. White, Jr. 2008. Projected long-term response of Southeastern birds to forest management. Forest Ecology and Management 256(2008):1884 1896. 2008-10-31
Mitchell, M. S., L. N. Rich, and L. S. Mills. 2014. Using radiotelemetry to answer habitat and population questions. In T. Tshering and L. S. Mills, editors, Wildlife Research Techniques in Rugged Mountainous Landscapes. Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment, Bhumtang, Bhutan. 2014-01-31
Mitchell, M. S., L. B. Pacifici, J. B. Grand, and R. A. Powell. 2009. Contributions of vital rates to growth of a protected population of American black bears. Ursus 20:77-84. 2009-12-31
Mitchell, M. S., J. W. Zimmerman, and R. A. Powell. 2002. Test of ahabitat suitability index for black bears in the Southern Appalachians. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30:794-808. 2002-10-31
Mitchell, M. S., J. A. Gude, N. Anderson, J. Ramsey, M. Thompson, M. Sullivan, V. Edwards, C. Gower, J. F. Cochrane, E. Irwin, and T. Walshe. 2013. Using structured decision making to manage disease risk for Montana wildlife. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:107-114. 2013-04-30
Mitchell, M. S., J. A. Gude, D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, E. E. Bangs, M. D. Jimenez, C. M. Mack, T. J. Meier, and M. S. Nadeau. 2010. Temporal validation of an estimator for successful breeding pairs of wolves Canis lupus in the U.S. northern Rocky Mountains. Wildlife Biology. Wildlife Biology 16:101-106. 2010-04-30
Mitchell, M. S., H. Cooley, J. A. Gude, J. Kolbe, J. J. Nowak, K. M. Proffitt, S. N. Sells, and M. Thompson. 2018. Distinguishing values from science in decision making: setting harvest quotas for mountain lions in western Montana . Wildlife Society Bulletin DOI:10.1002/wsb.861. 2018-04-30
Mitchell, M. S., D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, E. E. Bangs, M. Jimenez, C. M. Mack, T. J. Meier, M. S. Nadeau, and D. W. Smith. 2008. Estimation of successful breeding pairs for wolves in the U. S. northern Rocky Mountains. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:881-891. 2008-05-31
Mitchell, M. S. 2004. Black bear Ursus americanus. Pp. 187-189 in R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, and T. L. Best, eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 2004-05-31
Miller, D. A. W, J. D. Nichols1, J. A. Gude3, L. N. Rich, K. M. Podruzny, J. E. Hines, and M. S. Mitchell. 2013. Determining Occurrence Dynamics when False Positives Occur: Estimating the Range Dynamics of Wolves from Public Survey Data. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65808. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065808. 2013-06-30
Merkle, J. A., N. J. Anderson, D. L. Baxley, M. Chopp, L. C. Gigliotti, J. A. Gude, T. M. Harms, H. E. Johnson, E. H. Merrill, M. S. Mitchell, T. W. Wong, G. P. Nelson, A. S. Norton, M. J. Sheriff, E. Tomasik, and K. R. VanBeek. 2019. A collaborative approach to bridging the gap between wildlife managers and researchers. Journal of Wildlife Management 83:1644–1651; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21759 2019-08-31
McCall, B.S., M.S. Mitchell, M.K. Schwartz, J. Hayden, S. Cushman, and W. Kasworm. 2013. Combined use of mark-recapture and genetic analyses reveals response of a black bear population to changes in food productivity. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1572-1582. 2013-10-31
M. S. Mitchell, J. A. Gude, K. Podruzny, E. E. Bangs, J. Hayden, R. M. Inman, M. Jimenez, Q. Kujala, D. H. Pletscher, J. Rachael, R. Ream, and J. Vore. Submitted. Management of wolves in the US Northern Rocky Mountains is Based on Sound Policy and Science. Science. 2016-06-30
Lukacs, P. M., M. S. Mitchell, M. Hebblewhite, B. K. Johnson, H. Johnson, M. Kauffman, K. Proffitt, P. Zager, J. Brodie, K. Hersey, A. A. Holland, M. Hurley, S. McCorquodale, A. Middleton, M. Nordhagen, J. J. Nowak, D. P. Walsh, and P. J. White. 2018. Factors influencing elk recruitment across ecotypes in the western United States. Journal of Wildlife Management DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21438 2018-05-31
Loonam, K. E., D. E. Ausband, P. M. Lukacs, M. S. Mitchell, and H. R. Robinson. 2020. Estimating Abundance of an Unmarked, Low-density Species using Camera Traps. Journal of Wildlife Management. 2020-09-30
Loehle, C., P. Van Deusen, T. B. Wigley, M. S. Mitchell, S. H. Rutzmoser, J. Aggett, J. A. Beebe, and M. L. Smith. 2006. A Method for Landscape Analysis of Forestry Guidelines Using Bird Habitat Models and the Habplan Harvest Scheduler. Forest Ecology and Management 232:56-67. 2006-05-31
Lancia, R. A., J. A. Gerwin, M. S. Mitchell, W. M. Baughman, and T. B. Wigley. 2000. Avian diversity on an intensively-managed, industrialforest in South Carolina: the Westvaco example. Fragmentation 2000: aconference on sustaining private forests in the 21st century. 2000-09-30
Kie, J. G., J. Matthiopoulis, J. Fieberg, R. A. Powell, F. Cagnacci, M. S. Mitchell, J. Gaillard, and P. R. Moorcroft. 2010. The home range concept: are traditional estimators still relevant with modern telemetry technology? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365:2221-2231. 2010-04-30
Jolley, D. B., S. S. Ditchkoff, B. D. Sparklin, L. B. Hanson, M. S. Mitchell, and J. B. Grand. 2010. Estimate of herpetofauna depredation by a population of wild pigs. Journal of Mammalogy 91:519-524. 2010-04-30
Henderson, C. R., M. S. Mitchell, W. L. Myers, and G. P. Nelson. 2018. Attributes of seasonal home range influence choice of migratory strategy in white-tailed deer. Journal of Mammalogy 99:89-96. DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyx148 2018-02-28
Hanson, L. B., M. S. Mitchell, J. B. Grand, D. B. Jolley, W. D. Sparklin, and S. S. Ditchkoff. 2009. Effect of experimental manipulation on survival and recruitment of feral pigs. Wildlife Research. 36(3):185-191. 2009-04-30
Hanson, L. B., J. B. Grand, M. S. Mitchell, D. B. Jolley, B. D. Sparklin and S. S. Ditchkoff. 2008. Change-in-ratio density estimator for feral pigs is less biased than closed mark-recapture estimates. Wildlife Research 35(7): 695-699. 2008-12-31
Hammond, C. A. M., M. S. Mitchell, and G. N. Bissell. In press. Territory occupancy by common loons in response to disturbance, habitat, and intraspecific relationships. Journal of Wildlife Management. 2012-04-30
Gude, J. A., M. S. Mitchell, R. E. Russell, C. A. Sime, E. E. Bangs, L. D. Mech, and R. R. Ream. 2012. Wolf population dynamics in U.S. northern Rocky Mountains are affected by recruitment and human-caused mortality. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:108-118. 2012-01-31
Gude, J. A., M. S. Mitchell, D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, and E. E. Bands. 2009. Internal validation of predicitive logistic regression models for decision making in wildlife management. Wildlife Biology. 2009-10-31
Eacker, D. R., M. Hebblewhite, K. M. Proffitt, B. S. Jimenez, M. S. Mitchell, and H. S. Robinson. 2016. Landscape-level effects of risk factors on annual elk calf survival in a multiple carnivore system. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:1345-1359. 2016-08-31
Ditchkoff, S. S., D. B. Jolley, B. D. Sparklin, L. B. Hanson, M. S. Mitchell, and J. B. Grand. 2012. Reproduction in a Population of Wild Pigs (Sus scrofa) Subjected to Lethal Control. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1235-1240. 2012-08-31
DeVoe, J., K. M. Proffitt, M. S. Mitchell, C. Jourdonnais, K. J. Barker. 2019. Elk Forage and Risk Tradeoffs during the Fall Archery Season. Journal of Wildlife Management. 2019-05-31
Clark, M.K., M.S. Mitchell, and K.S. Karriker. 1993. Notes on the geographical and ecological distribution of relict population of Synaptomys cooperi (Rodentia: Arvicolidae) from Eastern North Carolina. Brimleyana 19:155-168. 1993-01-31
Cain, J.W. III, and M.S. Mitchell. 2018. Evaluation of Key Scientific Issues in the Report, “State of the Mountain Lion: a Call to End Trophy Hunting of America’s Lion”. USGS Open File Report 2018-1128. | Download 2018-08-31
Brodie, J., H. Johnson, M. S. Mitchell, P. Zager, K. Proffitt, M. Hebblewhite, M. Kauffman, B. Johnson, J. Bissonette, C. Bishop, J. Gude, J. Herbert, K. Hersey, M. Hurley, P. M. Lukacs, S. McCorquodale, E. McIntire, J. Nowak, H. Sawyer, D. Smith, and P.J. White. Submitted. Relative influence of human harvest, carnivores, and weather on adult female elk survival across western North America. Journal of Applied Ecology 50:295–305. 2013-04-30
Borg., N. J., M. S. Mitchell, P. M. Lukacs, C. M. Mack, L. P. Waits, and P. R. Krausman. 2017. Behavioral connectivity among bighorn sheep suggests potential for disease spread. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:38-45 DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21169 2017-01-31
Beyer, H. L., D. T. Haydon, J. M. Morales, J. L. Frair, M. Hebblewhite, M. S. Mitchell, and J. Matthiopoulos. 2010. The interpretation of habitat preference metrics under use-availability designs. Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365:2245-2254. 2010-04-30
Bassing, S. B., D. E. Ausband, M. S. Mitchell, P. M. Lukacs, A. Keever, G. Hale, and L. Waits. 2019. Stable Pack Abundance and Distribution in a Harvested Wolf Population. Journal of Wildlife Management. 2019-03-31
Bassing, S. B., D. E. Ausband, M. S. Mitchell, M. Schwartz, Michael, J. J. Nowak, G. Hale, and L. Waits, 2020. Immigration Does Not Offset Harvest Mortality in a Cooperatively Breeding Carnivore. Animal Conservation. 2020-05-31
Barker, K. J., M. S. Mitchell, and K. M. Proffitt. 2019. Native Forage Mediates Influence of Irrigated Agriculture on Migratory Behavior of Elk. Journal of Animal Ecology. 2019-07-31
Barker, K. J., M. S. Mitchell, K. M. Proffitt, and J. D. DeVoe. 2018. Land management alters traditional nutritional benefits of migration for elk. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002:jwmg.21564. 2018-09-30
Ausband, D.E., S.B. Bassing, and M.S. Mitchell. 2020. Environmental and social influences on wolf howling behavior. Ethology. 2020-06-30
Ausband, D.E., J.Young, B. Fannin, M.S. Mitchell, J.L. Stenglein, L.P. Waits, and J.A. Shivik. 2011. Hair of the dog: obtaining samples from coyotes and wolves noninvasively. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:105-111. | Abstract | Publisher Website 2011-05-31
Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, and L. P. Waits. 2017. Effects of breeder turnover and harvest on group composition and recruitment in a social carnivore. Journal of Animal Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12707 2017-07-31
Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, S. Bassing, and C. White. 2013. No trespassing: using a biofence to manipulate carnivore movements. Wildlife Research 40:207-216. 2013-09-30
Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, S. B. Bassing, M. Nordhagen, D. W. Smith, and D. R. Stahler. 2016. Dog days of summer: influences on decision of wolves to move pups. Journal of Mammalogy 97:1282-1287. 2016-07-31
Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, S. B. Bassing, A. Morehouse, D. W. Smith, and D. Stahler. 2016. Individual, group, and environmental influences on helping behavior in a social carnivore. Ethology 122:1-10. 2016-10-31
Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, K. Doherty, P. Zager, C. M. Mack, and J. Holyan. 2010. Surveying predicted rendezvous sites to monitor gray wolf populations. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:1043-1049. 2010-04-30
Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, C. R. Stansbury, J. L. Stenglein, and L. P. Waits. 2017. Effects of harvest on recruitment and groups of cooperative breeders. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20170580 2017-07-31
Ausband, D. E., L. N. Rich, E. M. Glenn, M. S. Mitchell, P. Zager, C. M. Mack, D. A. W. Miller, and B. B. Ackerman. 2014. Monitoring Gray Wolf Populations Using Multiple Survey Methods. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:335-346. 2014-02-28
Ausband, D. E., J. Skrivseth, and M. S. Mitchell. 2011. An Automated Device for Provoking and Capturing Wildlife Calls. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:498-503. 2011-12-31
Project Completion Date
Moose demography in NE Washington 2017-06-30
NCDE Grizzly Bear Demographics 2015-06-30
Greater Sage-Grouse Grazing Evaluation 2014-10-31
Effects of climate and habitat change on structure and function of a high priority montane ecosystem 2017-03-31
Research to inform Chronic Wasting Disease management in Montana 2012-05-15
Proactive management of disease outbreak in bighorn sheep in Montana 2013-06-30
Linking resource selection and mortality modeling for population estimation of mounain lions in Montana 2011-09-15
An assessment of factors influencing territory size and the use of hunter surveys for monitoring wolves in Montana 2011-06-30
Investiage survival and recruitment of white-tailed deer in Northeast Washington - Graduate student support 2014-06-30
Western elk research collaboration 2015-04-30
Factors influencing survival of Mountain Plover Chicks in Eastern Colorado 2013-06-30
Sandhill Crane and Long-Billed Curlew Breeding season occupancy in response to habitat structure at multiple scales 2013-05-31
Sage Grouse Genetics 2016-09-15
Grizzly Bear Population Status in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem 2015-12-30
Linking resources selection to population dynamics of Mule Deer in Idaho 2016-09-30
Ungulate Ecology in Idaho: understanding predator/prey interactions 2011-06-30
Surveying for wolves in the Selkirk Mountains 2010-09-30
Canada support for Gray Wolf monitoring 2010-12-31
Graduate student support on Salmon River Bighorn Sheep 2013-12-31
Non-lethal wolf/livestock conflict resolution & non-invasive population monitoring of Gray Wolves in the Rocky Mountinas 2011-12-31
Wolf Biofence Project 2010-12-31
Monitoring the health of wolves by creating bio-fences and using DNA Analyses 2012-12-31
Sage Grouse Stepping Stones: Identifying Habitat Pathway for Migratory Populations 2014-09-30
Using demographic analyses to develop monitoring and management tools for wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains 2011-09-30
Evaluating the influence of climate and predation on the survival of Rocky Mountain Elk: A regional synthesis across northwestern states. 2016-04-30
Can camouflage keep up with climate change? Connecting down-scaled climate models to adaptation for a key forest species. 2012-09-30
Bear Research and Management 2010-09-30
Grizzly Bear Recovery: Modeling Movement, Home Ranges, Range Expansion, and Population Connectivity 2021-12-01
State Parks Foundation 2020-11-30
North Sapphire Elk Project Phase II 2023-06-30
Predicting puma densities and distribution 2022-05-31
Preventing Predation: Mechanistic Drivers of and Deterrents in Conflict with Jaguars 2021-05-01
UM Elk Recreation Study 2024-06-30
Mandatory Reporting and Harvest Surveys Evaluation 2021-06-30
Predator use of white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, and elk and influence on population dynamics. 2021-06-30
Westslope Cutthroat Trout Project 2021-06-30
UM Pronghorn Movement and Population Study 2024-06-30
Human dimensions of grizzly bear management in MT - Grizzly Bear Social Survey 2020-06-30
Blackfoot Clearwater Elk Study 2022-06-30
Grizzly Bear Integrated Population Modeling and Interface Development 2020-12-31
Evaluation of survey approches to assess status of Species of Greatest Inventory Need and effects of MFWP habitat management on non-game indicator species 2020-12-31
Fisher Occupancy, Habitat Needs, and Responses to Management in the Northern Rocky Mountains 2022-06-30
Sage Grouse Grazing Project PhD Student 2022-06-30
Kootenai River Trout Survival Analysis 2020-08-15
Modeling large mammal predator-prey dynamics to inform harvest management 2021-06-30
Sage-grouse Synergies: Community Responses to Wetland Restoration in the Northern Great Plains 2024-09-30
Lower Blackfoot Bear Stress Study 2024-09-22
Structuring Governance to Achieve Landscape-scale Conservation Outcomes 2024-01-01
Role of study length and life-history traits on the reliability of management recommendations 2023-09-15
Moose Ecology, State of Colorado 2019-06-30
Large Mammal Predator-Prey modeling dynamics 2019-07-01
Black Bears & Bobcats Integrated Population Models 2018-12-31
Sage Grouse & Grazing Study 2018-10-15
Population Dynamics and Modeling - Cougars 2019-12-31
Montana Resident - Wolf Hunt Analysis 2017-06-30
Songbird Grazing 2020-06-30
Statewide Mule Deer Study 2021-02-28
Sapphire Elk Herd Research Technician 2017-06-30
Linking Exposure to Sub-lethal Stressors to Individual Vital Rates and Population Abundance 2021-09-29
Boom, bust: linking patterns of rural land-use change and wetland condition to trends in greater sandhill crane demographics 2017-06-30
Population dynamics, modeling, and data quality advancements 2017-06-30
Wolverine monitoring analysis and reporting 2020-06-30
Linking resources selection to population dynamics of Mule Deer in Idaho 2015-12-31
Bitterroot elk calf survival and population modeling 2016-06-30
Montana Wolf Monitoring Study 2020-12-31
Evaluation of the effects of rest-rotation grazing on greater sage-grouse habitat and population dynamics in central Montana 2016-10-02
Evaluating the effects of nutrition and hunter access on elk distribution in the Sapphire Mountains 2017-12-31
Improving ungulate sampling efficiency and population estimation in Idaho 2018-12-31
Linking resource selection to population dynamics of mule deer in Idaho 2016-12-31
Evaluating occupancy estimation and abundance relationships as an alternative method for ungulate abundance surveys 2017-06-30
Name Degree Program Status Completion Date
Wellington, Kelsey Master's Active None
Peterson, Collin Master's Active None
Hayes, Teagan Master's Active None
Hayes, Forest Master's Active None
Loonam, Kenneth Master's Active None
Ruth, Kayla Master's Active None
Forshee, Shannon Master's Active None
Goerz, James PhD Active None
Barker, Kristin Master's Active None
Henderson, Charles PhD Active None
Sells, Sarah PhD Active None
Presentations Presentation Date
Zimova, M., L. S. Mills, and M. S. Mitchell. 2014. Camouflage mismatch in seasonal coat color due to decreased snow duration: will snowshoe hares keep up with climate change? North America Congress for Conservation Biology. 2014-07-20
Western Elk Research Collaborative. 2013. Untangling Rocky Mountain elk ecology and population dynamics: a regional synthesis across the northwestern US. Annual meeting, Montana chapter of The Wildlife Society. Missoula, MT. 2013-05-08
Western Elk Research Collaborative. 2013. Untangling Rocky Mountain elk ecology and population dynamics: a regional synthesis across the northwestern US. 10th biennial meeting of the western states and Provinces deer and elk workshop, Missoula, MT. 2013-02-28
Stenglein,J., C. Mack, D. Ausband, M. Mitchell, P. Zager, S. Nadeau and L. Waits. 2009. Evaluating the potential of noninvasive genetic sampling for long-term monitoring of gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Idaho. Annual Meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2009-01-01
Stenglein, J., C. Mack, D. Ausband, M. Mitchell, P. Zager, S. Nadeau, and L. Waits. 2009. Monitoring an Idaho gray wolf population: A noninvasive genetic approach. Annual Meeting, Idaho Chapter, The Wildlife Society. 2017-01-01
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, V. L. Edwards, J. A. Gude, & N. J. Anderson. Submitted. A Decision Analytical Approach to Proactive Management of Pneumonia Epizootics in Bighorn Sheep, National Conference of The Wildlife Society, 2015-09-15
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, N. J. Anderson, J. M. Ramsey, and J. A. Gude. 2013. Proactive management of pneumonia epizootics in bighorn sheep in Montana-- project update. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2013-02-28
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, N. J. Anderson, J. M. Ramsey, J. A. Gude, P. M. Lukacs, and P. R. Krausman. 2015. 2015. MODELING PROACTIVE DECISIONS TO MANAGE PNEUMONIA EPIZOOTICS IN BIGHORN SHEEP. Annual meeting of the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2015-02-24
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, J. J. Nowak, P. M. Lukacs, N. J. Anderson, J. M. Ramsey, J. A. Gude, P. R. Krausman. 2014. Modeling Risk of Pneumonia in Bighorn Sheep. Annual meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2014-09-15
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, J. A. Gude, and N. J. Anderson. 2016. Application of structured decision making to wildlife management in Montana. Annual meeting, MT Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2016-02-25
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, A. D. Luis, and K. M. Podruzny. 2017. INDIVIDUAL-BASED MODELING OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN UNGULATES AND WOLVES. 12th Deer and Elk Workshop. 2017-05-05
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, A. D. Luis, and K. M. Podruzny. 2017. INDIVIDUAL-BASED MODELING OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN UNGULATES AND WOLVES. !2th Deer and Elk Workshop. 2017-05-03
Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, A. D. Luis, and K. M. Podruzny. 2017. CARNIVORE TERRITORIALITY: SIMULATING ECONOMIC SELECTION OF TERRITORIES. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2017-03-19
SARAH N. SELLS, MITCHELL, M., PODRUZNY, K., and JUSTIN G. GUDE (2019) Improving Estimates of Wolf Abundance in Montana. TWS 26th Annual Conference Reno, Nevada, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2019. 2019-10-03
Rich, L., and M. S. Mitchell. 2009. Using hunter surveys to monitor wolf pack abundance and distribution in Montana. Annual Meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2017-01-01
Powell, R. A., and M. S. Mitchell. 2009. Optimality models, cognitive maps, fitness and home ranges (and other jargon). Annual meeting, American Society of Mammalogists 2009-01-01
Powell, R. A., and M. S. Mitchell. 2009. Optimality Models, Cognitive Maps, Fitness & Home Ranges (and other jargon). Annual meeting, American SOciety of Mammalogists. 2009-06-25
Podruzny, K. M., J. A. Gude, G. R. Pauley, M. S. Mitchell, E. H. Bradley, N. Lance, K. J. Laudon, A. A. Nelson, M. S. Ross, and T. D. Smucker. Predicting abundance of gray wolves in Montana using hunter observations and field monitoring. International Wolf Symposium. 2013-10-12
Mitchell, M. S. 2016. 25 years after Ten Years After "Reliable Knowledge": why are we still talking about this? Annual Meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2016-10-17
Mitchell, M. S. 2009. Panelist: predator/prey open session. North American Moose Conference. 2009-01-01
Mitchell, M. S. 2008. Panelist: wildlife panel discussion on wolves. Rural Law Symposium, University of Montana School of Law. 2009-01-01
McCall, B. S., and M. S. Mitchell. 2009. Non-invasive genetic sampling reveals black bear population dynamics driven by changes in food productivity. Western Black Bear Workshop. 2009-01-01
McCall, B. S., and M. S. Mitchell. 2009. Non-invasive genetic sampling reveals black bear population dynamics driven by changes in food productivity. Annual Meeting, The WIldlife Society. 2009-01-01
Kenneth Loonam, Ausband, Lukacs, Mitchell, Hugh Robinson (2019) Counting Cougars: Density Estimates of Unmarked, Low Density Populations with Camera Traps. TWS 26th Annual Conference Reno, Nevada, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2019. 2019-10-03
Keever, A. C., M. S. Mitchell, K. M. Podruzny, A. D. Luis, and J. T. Peterson. 2017. Estimating recruitment of wolves with limited data. Annual meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2017-09-25
Keever, A. C., M. S. Mitchell, K. M. Podruzny, A. D. Luis, and J. T. Peterson. 2017. ESTIMATING RECRUITMENT OF WOLVES WITH LIMITED DATA. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2017-03-09
Jimenez, B. S., and M. S. Mitchell. 2009. Multi-scale effects of roads on black bear habitat selection. Western Black Bear Workshop. 2009-01-01
Henderson, C., M. S. Mitchell, W. Myers, and J. Nelson. 2013. Linking survival and resource selection by female white-tailed deer with different migration strategies. Tenth Biennial Deer and Elk Workshop. Missoula, MT. 2013-05-06
Henderson, C., M. S. Mitchell, W. Myers, and J. Nelson. 2013. Linking survival and resource selection by female white-tailed deer with different migration strategies. 10th Biennial Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop. 2013-05-08
Henderson, C. R., M. S. Mitchell, W. Myers, P. M. Lukacs, and G. Nelson. 2014. Estimating migration probability and survival in female white-tailed deer. Annual meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2014-09-15
Henderson, C. R., M. S. Mitchell, W. L. Myers, P. M. Lukacs, and G. P. Nelson. 2015. HABITAT QUALITY INFLUENCES MIGRATORY STRATEGY OF FEMALE WHITE TAILED DEER. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2015-02-24
Hayes, T.; Peterson, C.; DeCesare, N., Bishop, C., and Mike Mitchell (2019) Mule Deer Habitat Selection of Disturbance in Conifer Forests of Northwest Montana: Effects of Forest Age and Configuration. TWS 26th Annual CONF, Reno, Nevada, 9/29/19-10/3/19. 2019-10-03
Goerz, J. W., R. B. Harris, J. H. Oyster, and M. S. Mitchell. 2016. Spatial variation in moose calf survival in northeastern Washington. 0th North American Moose Conference/Workshop and 8th International Moose Symposium. 2016-09-08
DeVoe, J. K. M. Proffitt, M. S. Mitchell, K. Barker, C. Jourdonnais, and P. Ramsey. 2017. TRADE-OFFS BETWEEN FORAGE AND RISK FOR ELK DURING THE FALL ARCHERY HUNTING SEASON. 12th Deer and Elk Workshop. 2017-05-05
Correia, J., and M. Mitchell. 2015. Brucellosis in elk: influences in the cattle industry in Montana. International Congress: One World-One Health-One Vision. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina. 2015-10-15
Collin J. Peterson, Teagan Hayes, Chad Bishop, Michael S. Mitchell, Nick DeCesare, Mule Deer Resource Selection for Forage and Security in Northwest Montana. TWS 26th Annual Conference Reno, Nevada, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2019. 2019-10-03
Bassing, S. B., M. S. Mitchell, D. E. Ausband, P. M. Lukacs, L. P. Waits, and G. Hale. Submitted. DEVELOPING A MONITORING FRAMEWORK TO ESTIMATE WOLF POPULATION DYNAMICS IN SOUTHWEST ALBERTA. Annual meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2015-09-15
Bassing, S. B., M. S. Mitchell, D. E. Ausband, P. M. Lukacs, L. P. Waits, and G. Hale. 2016. Wolf pack distribution in relation to heavy harvest in southwest Alberta. Annual meeting, MT Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2016-02-25
Bassing, S. B., M. S. Mitchell, D. E. Ausband, L. P. Waits, and G. Hale. 2015. DEVELOPING A MONITORING FRAMEWORK TO ESTIMATE WOLF DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE IN SOUTHWEST ALBERTA. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society. 2015-02-24
Bassing, S. B., D. E. Ausband, M. S. Mitchell, P. Lukacs, M. Schwartz, G. Hale, and L. P. Waits. 2017. VARIABLE EFFECTS OF HARVEST WITHIN AND ACROSS WOLF PACKS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. Annual meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2017-09-25
Bassing, S. B., D. E. Ausband, M. S. Mitchell, M. K. Schwartz, L. P. Waits. 2017. Immigration as a Compensatory Mechanism to Offset Harvest Mortality in Harvested Wolf Populations. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2017-03-09
Barker, K., M. S. Mitchell, K. M. Proffitt, J. DeVoe, C. Jourdonnais, and P. Ramsey. 2017. SUMMER FORAGE QUALITY DIFFERS FOR MIGRANTS AND RESIDENTS IN A PARTIALLY MIGRATORY POPULATION OF ELK . 12th Deer and Elk Workshop. 2017-05-05
Barker, K., K. M. Proffitt, J. DeVoe, M. S. Mitchell, C. Jourdonnais, and P. Ramsey. 2017. Nutritional and demographic consequences of varying elk migratory behaviors. Biennial meeting of the WAFWA Deer and Elk Workshop. 2017-05-03
Barker, K., K. M. Proffitt, J. DeVoe, M. S. Mitchell, C. Jourdonnais, and P. Ramsey. 2017. Nutritional and demographic consequences of varying elk migratory behaviors. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2017-03-09
Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, C. R. Stansbury, J. L. Stenglein, and L. P. Waits. 2016. Effects of harvest on recruitment and wolf pack structure. Annual meeting, Idaho chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2016-02-23
Ausband, D. E., J. Ruprecht, and M. S. Mitchell. Home alone: influence of individual, pack, and environmental variation on pup attendance in gray wolves. Annual meeting, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. 2013-02-28
Ausband, D. E., J. Ruprecht, M. S. Mitchell, S. B. Bassing, O. Garten, and P. Zager. 2013. Home alone: influence of individual, pack, and environmental variation on pup attendance behavior in gray wolves. Annual meeting, Idaho chapter, The Wildlife Society. Couer D'Alene, Idaho. 2013-03-12
Allison C. Keever, Michael S. Mitchell, Kevin M. Podruzny, Bob Inman (2019) Drivers of Variation in Recruitment and the Effects on Population Dynamics in Gray Wolves. TWS 26th Annual Conference Reno, Nevada, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2019. 2019-10-03
Technical Publications Publication Date
Mitchell, M. S. Integrated research on landscape scales. Auburn Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Alumni Association Newsletter. Fall 2001 2001-08-31
Ditchkoff, S.S., M.S. Mitchell, and J.B. Grand. 2004. Ecology and management of feral hogs on Fort Benning, Georgia. Annual Progress Report. 2004-12-31