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Conserving cougars in a rural landscape: habitat requirements and local tolerance in west-central AlbertaDownload
Maintaining large carnivores in human-dominated landscapes poses a significant conservation challenge. Extirpation is common because of habitat loss or direct persecution. I studied cougar habitat selection and human perception of cougars in west-central Alberta to better understand...
Electronic Supplementary Material: Can reduced predation offset negative effects of sea louse parasites on chum salmon?
Electronic Supplementary Material: Can reduced predation offset negative effects of sea louse parasites on chum salmon?Download
The .zip file contains R code and data that accompanies the paper \"Can reduced predation offset negative effects of sea louse parasites on chum salmon?\". The R code includes three main files: (1) code to compile chum salmon spawner-recruit data from escapement, catch and age -at-return, (2)...
Specialist predators with a limited diet may be less adaptable to environmental change than generalists, which consume a diversity of prey. As the climate changes, ecological homogenization is occurring, where generalist species outcompete specialists, reducing ecosystem complexity. In Arctic...
Getting to the root of the matter: grizzly bears and alpine sweetvetch in west-central Alberta, CanadaDownload
Wildlife habitat selection is influenced by gender, offspring-dependency, resource availability, and spatiotemporal variation in resource nutrition. In consideration of these factors, this thesis examines alpine sweetvetch (Hedysarum alpinum) root and its relationship to grizzly bears (Ursus...
Predation by cougars (Puma concolor) variously can structure ecosystems and preserve biodiversity, engender conflict where livestock and pets are killed, and even drive prey populations to extinction. Effective management requires a firm grasp of the ecological drivers of predation, but these...