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Assessing the effectiveness of conservation measures : resolving the "wicked" problem of the Steller sea lion. / Boyd, Ian Lamont.

In: Biological Conservation, Vol. 143, No. 7, 07.2010, p. 1664-1674.

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Boyd, IL 2010, 'Assessing the effectiveness of conservation measures: resolving the "wicked" problem of the Steller sea lion', Biological Conservation, vol. 143, no. 7, pp. 1664-1674. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2010.04.006

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Boyd, I. L. (2010). Assessing the effectiveness of conservation measures: resolving the "wicked" problem of the Steller sea lion. Biological Conservation, 143(7), 1664-1674. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2010.04.006

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Boyd IL. Assessing the effectiveness of conservation measures: resolving the "wicked" problem of the Steller sea lion. Biological Conservation. 2010 Jul;143(7):1664-1674. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2010.04.006

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Boyd, Ian Lamont. / Assessing the effectiveness of conservation measures : resolving the "wicked" problem of the Steller sea lion. In: Biological Conservation. 2010 ; Vol. 143, No. 7. pp. 1664-1674.

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