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Keyword: forest carnivore

Multispecies mesocarnivore monitoring: USDA Forest Service multiregional monitoring approach

Publications Posted on: December 14, 2018
Small- to mid-sized forest carnivores, also known as mesocarnivores, are an important part of the animal community within national forests.

Managing forests and forest carnivores: Canada lynx and forest mosaics

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 07, 2018
The management of Canada lynx habitat is an issue that has generated much debate and litigation across the Northern (Montana, Idaho) and Southern (Colorado, Wyoming) Rocky Mountains. This species depends almost exclusively on snowshoe hare for food during winter, and this prey species is sensitive to changes in forest composition and structure. Research conducted by scientists at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, in collaboration with universities and local forest managers, is central in resolving management impasses by learning how changes in forest structure and composition can be implemented in ways that enhance the ability of Canada lynx to produce kittens.  

A snow-tracking protocol used to delineate local lynx, Lynx canadensis, distributions

Publications Posted on: January 22, 2016
Determining Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) distribution is an important management need, especially at the southern extent of the species range where it is listed as threatened under the U. S. Endangered Species Act. We describe a systematic snowtrack based sampling framework that provides reliable distribution data for Canada Lynx. We used computer simulations to evaluate protocol efficacy.