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In western North America cougar populations are increasing and expanding eastward. Simultaneously, growing human populations are creating new challenges for managers charged with maintaining the viability of cougar populations and their ungulate prey. Information on how cougars respond to...
Spatial Predation Risk and Interactions Within a Predator Community on the Rocky Mountains East Slopes, AlbertaDownload
Understanding how large carnivores spatially partition the landscape is essential for understanding how they collectively pose risk to their prey. Most research on predation risk focuses on how prey respond to a single predator species, but prey respond to a community of predators. Additionally,...
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...