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dc.contributor.authorLynch, Greg Swanson
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T23:27:40Z
dc.date.available2014-03-03T23:27:40Z
dc.date.issued2005-12
dc.identifier.otherlynch_gregory_s_200512_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/lynch_gregory_s_200512_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/22959
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated bobcat (Lynx rufus) spatial organization and habitat use relative to a known decrease in population resulting from an experimental removal. After an approximately 50% reduction in abundance, male bobcats shifted (F1,3=138.08, P= 0.0013) their home ranges when surrounding bobcats were removed. Dispersion of animal locations increased less as a function of removal for female bobcats that were exposed to the removal of a male (F1,14=6.78, P=0.0209), or both a male and female (F1,14=8.27, P=0.0122) than for control animals. Male bobcats may have shifted their home ranges to gain access to more breeding opportunities. The decrease in dispersion of female locations may be the result of a decrease in intraspecific competition or possibly the result of less detailed maintenance or inspection of scent markings along the boundary of a bobcat’s territory. Neither habitat selection nor habitat use differed as a function of removal in this study, suggesting that density-dependent habitat selection was not occurring.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectBobcat
dc.subjectdispersion
dc.subjecthabitat use
dc.subjectLynx rufus
dc.subjectremoval
dc.subjectshift
dc.subjectspatial organization
dc.titleEffects of removal on spatial organization and habitat use of bobcats
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorRobert J. Warren
dc.description.advisorMike L. Conner
dc.description.committeeRobert J. Warren
dc.description.committeeMike L. Conner
dc.description.committeeSteven B. Castleberry
dc.description.committeeRonald L. Hendrick


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