Cougar Prey Use In A Wildland–Urban Environment In Western Washington

@inproceedings{Kertson2011CougarPU,
  title={Cougar Prey Use In A Wildland–Urban Environment In Western Washington},
  author={Brian N. Kertson and Rocky D. Spencer and Christian E. Grue},
  year={2011}
}
Abstract The Cougar (Puma concolor) is an apex predator whose occurrence and space- use patterns are closely tied to the abundance and vulnerability of ungulate prey. Deer (Odocoileus spp.) and Elk (Cervus elaphus) readily use residential portions of the landscape, but little is known of Cougar prey use within these environments. We used Global Positioning System and VHF relocation data from 20 Cougars to examine prey use in a wildland-urban landscape in western Washington. We tested for… Expand
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