publication . Other literature type . 2015

Recolonizing wolves and mesopredator suppression of coyotes:impacts on pronghorn population dynamics

Berger, Kim Murray; Conner, Mary M.;
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  • Published: 09 May 2015
  • Publisher: Hosted by Utah State University Libraries
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Food web theory predicts that the loss of large carnivores may contribute toelevated predation rates and, hence, declining prey populations, through the process ofmesopredator release. However, opportunities to test predictions of the mesopredator releasehypothesis are rare, and the extent to which changes in predation rates influence preypopulation dynamics may not be clear due to a lack of demographic information on the preypopulation of interest. We utilized spatial and seasonal heterogeneity in wolf distribution andabundance to evaluate whether mesopredator release of coyotes (Canis latrans), resulting fromthe extirpation of wolves (Canis lupus) throughout mu...
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free text keywords: Allee effect, Antilocapra americana, Canis latrans, Canis lupus, coyotes, population management, predation, projection model, pronghorn, simulation modeling, wolves, Environmental Sciences
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