Cougar Dispersal Patterns, Metapopulation Dynamics, and Conservation

@article{Sweanor2000CougarDP,
  title={Cougar Dispersal Patterns, Metapopulation Dynamics, and Conservation},
  author={Linda L. Sweanor and Kenneth A. Logan and Maurice G. Hornocker},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  year={2000},
  volume={14}
}
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…

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