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dc.contributor.advisorGompper, Matthew Edzarteng
dc.contributor.authorHackett, Harvey Mundy, 1970-eng
dc.coverage.spatialMissourieng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Springeng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on June 8, 2009)eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstractMy research used infrared remote cameras, trackplate boxes, and scat transects to survey for carnivores at 53 sites throughout the southern forested region of Missouri. Cameras and track-plates both detected Eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius), striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis), raccoon (Procyon lotor) and opossum (Didelphis virginiana). Coyote (Canis latrans), bobcat (Lynx rufus) and gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) were only documented with remote cameras. Combining methods yielded a more accurate picture of the community composition. Occupancy by eastern spotted skunk was best predicted by habitat and competitor presence. Striped skunk occupancy models indicated features related to settled areas and competitor presence were the most important predictors. The predictive models for raccoon and opossum lacked much resolution, predicting very high occupancy values throughout the region. Probability of actual occupancy (PAO) for coyotes was best predicted by measures of human disturbance and prey distribution. Bobcats were primarily influenced by coyote presence and prey availability. Gray foxes were the most heterogeneous in their regional predicted distribution, and were best predicted by measures of coyote and bobcat presence as well as by landscape elements related to humans and settled areas.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.identifier.merlinb68792906eng
dc.identifier.oclc374197374eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/5544eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/5544
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshCarnivoraeng
dc.subject.lcshEastern spotted skunkeng
dc.subject.lcshStriped skunkeng
dc.subject.lcshRaccooneng
dc.subject.lcshVirginia opossumeng
dc.subject.lcshCoyoteeng
dc.subject.lcshBobcateng
dc.subject.lcshGray foxeng
dc.titleOccupancy modeling of forest carnivores in Missourieng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineFisheries and wildlife sciences (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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