Cougar Dispersal Patterns, Metapopulation Dynamics, and Conservation

  title={Cougar Dispersal Patterns, Metapopulation Dynamics, and Conservation},
  author={Linda L. Sweanor and Kenneth A. Logan and Maurice G. Hornocker},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
We examined cougar ( Puma concolor ) dispersal, emigration, and immigration in the San Andres Mountains, New Mexico, from 1985 to 1995 to quantify the effects of dispersal on the local population and surrounding subpopulations. [...] Key Method We captured, tagged, and radio-collared animals to detect the arrival of new immigrants and dispersal characteristics of progeny. We found that cougars in southern New Mexico exhib- ited a metapopulation structure in which cougar subpopulations were separated by expanses…Expand

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