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Howard J. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
Research Scientist- Adjunct
Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd. Unit 4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Phone: 860-642-7239
Howard.Kilpatrick@ct.gov

Education

Ph.D. 2010 University of Connecticut; Natural Resources
M.S. 1989 University of New Hampshire; Wildlife Ecology
B.S. 1985 University of Massachusetts; Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Experience

1998 - Present Wildlife Division, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, Supervising Wildlife Biologist
1994 - 1998 Wildlife Division, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, Wildlife Biologist 2 - Deer/Turkey Project Leader
1990 - 1994 Wildlife Division, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, Wildlife Biologist 1 – Deer Project

Research Interests

Recent projects include a suite of efforts focused on suburban deer management, including human dimensions, immunocontreception evaluation, bowhunting effectiveness, population control and Lyme disease interactions, and deer capturing techniques. I am also involved in the research and management activities for New England Cottontail rabbits, and oversee the developing moose research program in Connecticut.


Publications

Manuscripts

  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. M. LaBonte, and J. S. Barclay. 2011. Effects of landscape and land-ownership patterns on deer movements in a suburban community. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:227–234.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. M. LaBonte, and J. S. Barclay. 2010. Use of bait to increase archery deer harvest in an urban–suburban landscape. Journal Wildlife Management 74:714-718.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. M. LaBonte, and J. S. Barclay. 2007. Acceptance of deer management strategies by suburban homeowners and bowhunters. Journal Wildlife Management 71:2095-2010.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. M. LaBonte, and J. S. Barclay. 2007. Factors affecting bowhunter access in suburban areas. Journal Wildlife Management 71:2103-2105.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. M. LaBonte, and J. S. Barclay. 2005. Factors affecting harvest reporting rates for white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:974-980.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. M. LaBonte, J. S. Barclay and G. Warner. 2004. Assessing strategies to improve bowhunting as an urban deer management tool. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:1177-1184.
  • Walter, W. D.,H. J. Kilpatrick, and M. A. Gregonis. 2003. Does immunocontraception improve condition of free-ranging female white-tailed deer? Journal of Wildlife Management 67:762-766.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J.and A. M. LaBonte. 2003. Deer hunting in a residential community: the community’s perspective. Wildlife Society Bulletin 31:340-348.
  • Stafford, K. C., III, A. J. DeNicola, andH. J. Kilpatrick. 2003. Reduced abundance ofIxodes scapularis(Acari: Ixodidae) and the tick parasitoidIxodiphagus hookeri(Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) with reduction of white-tailed deer. Journal of Medical Entomology 40:642-652.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J.and W. A. Stober. 2002. Effects of temporary bait sites on movements of suburban white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30:760-766.
  • Walter, W. D., P. J. Pekins, A. T. Rutberg, andH. J. Kilpatrick. 2002. Evaluation of immunocontraception adjuvants, titer levels, and fecal pregnancy indicators in freeranging deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30:908-914.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. M. LaBonte and J. T. Seymour. 2002. A shotgun-archery deer hunt in a residential community: evaluation of hunt strategies and effectiveness. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30:478-486.
  • Walter, W. D., P. J. Pekins, A. T. Rutberg, andH. J. Kilpatrick. 2002. Evaluation of immunocontraception in a free-ranging suburban white-tailed deer herd. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30:186-193.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., S. M. Spohr, and K. K. Lima. 2001. Effects of population reductions on home range size of white-tailed deer at high densities. Canadian Journal of Zoology 79:949-954
  • Kilpatrick, H. J.and S. M. Spohr. 2000. Movements of female white-tailed deer in a suburban landscape: a management perspective. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:1038-1045.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., and S. M. Spohr. 2000. Spatial and temporal use of a suburban landscape by female white-tailed. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:1023-1029.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J.and S. M. Spohr. 1999. Telazol-xylazine versus ketamine-xylazine: a field evaluation for immobilizing white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:566-570.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J.and K. K. Lima. 1999. Effects of archery hunting on movement and activity of female white-tailed deer in an urban landscape. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:433-440.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J.and W. D. Walter. 1999. A controlled archery deer hunt in a residential community: cost, effectiveness, and deer recovery rates. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:115-123.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., S. M. Spohr, A. J. DeNicola. 1997. Darting urban deer: techniques and technology. Wildlife Society Bulletin 25:542-546.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., S. M. Spohr, and G. C. Chasko. 1997. A controlled deer hunt on a state-owned coastal reserve in Connecticut: controversies, strategies, and results. Wildlife Society Bulletin 25:451-456.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., A. J. DeNicola, and M. R. Ellingwood. 1996. A comparison of standard and transmitter-equipped darts to capture white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 24: 306-310.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., and P. W. Rego. 1994. Influence of season, sex, and site availability on fisher (Martes pennanti) rest-site selection in the central hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Zoology 72:1416-1419.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., and M. R. Ellingwood. 1993. Bluff Point Coastal Reserve: A Deer Management Dilemma. Northeast Wildlife 50:23-27.
  • Midura, A. M., S. M. Beyer, andH. J. Kilpatrick. 1991 An observation of human-induced adoption in piping plovers. Journal of Field Ornithology 62:429-431.
  • Kilpatrick, H. J., T. Husband, and C. A. Pringle. 1988. Roosting habitat of the eastern wild turkey in Rhode Island. Journal of Wildlife Management 52:461-463.
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840