L. David Mech "Dave"


Dave Mech L. David Mech (pronounced "Meech") is a Senior Scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. He has studied wolves and their prey since 1958, as well as several other species of wildlife.

Although administration of his U.S. Geological Survey research is through Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, he is headquartered on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota in the Gabbert Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108. Mech is also founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center, and chair of the IUCN Wolf Specialist Group.

Mech has used radio-tracking for most of his career on wolves, deer, leopards, caribou, elk, lions, elephants, raccoons, lynxes, elk, hares, etc. For basic info, see Handbook of Animal Radio-tracking, and for info about satellite and GPS collars, see "A critique of wildlife radio-tracking and its use in national parks: a report to the National Park Service".