Use of Camera Traps to Examine the Mesopredator Release Hypothesis in a Fragmented Midwestern Landscape

  title={Use of Camera Traps to Examine the Mesopredator Release Hypothesis in a Fragmented Midwestern Landscape},
  author={Michael V. Cove and Brandon M. Jones and A. Bossert and Donald R. Clever and Ryan K. Dunwoody and Bryan C. White and Victoria L. Jackson},
Abstract The mesopredator release hypothesis (MRH) has been suggested as a reason why many mammalian generalist mesopredators flourish and become abundant. However, the MRH has only been examined in a limited number of field studies. Some studies have argued that coyotes (Canis latrans) act as top predators in fragmented forest systems and coyote presence has a positive effect on song bird diversity and abundance by controlling mesopredator abundance. We integrated camera trap data and… Expand
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