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dc.contributor.authorSchrecengost, Joshua David
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:47:43Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:47:43Z
dc.date.issued2007-08
dc.identifier.otherschrecengost_joshua_d_200708_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/schrecengost_joshua_d_200708_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24275
dc.description.abstractCoyote food habits were assessed by fecal analysis of 415 scats collected from May 2005 through July 2006 on the Savannah River Site, South Carolina. Seasonally available soft mast was the most common food item in 12 of the 15 months sampled. Adult white-tailed deer occurred most frequently in December and March, and fawn remains were common during May and June. Thirty-three adult coyotes were radio collared between April and October 2005 and monitored through September 2006. Radio telemetry locations were used to assess home range size and habitat selection was assessed by compositional analysis. Coyote home ranges averaged 31.8 km using the fixed Kernel method (30.5 km Minimum Convex Polygon) and contained more early successional habitat than was available on the landscape. Data from this study suggest that coyotes are heavily dependant on soft mast, may be affecting local white-tailed deer populations, and have larger home ranges with more intraspecific overlap than previously reported in the Southeast.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectCanis latrans
dc.subjectcompositional analysis
dc.subjectcoyote
dc.subjectfecal analysis
dc.subjectfood habits
dc.subjecthome range
dc.subjectradio telemetry
dc.subjectSavannah River Site
dc.subjectSouth Carolina
dc.subjectwhite-tailed deer
dc.titleHome range and food habits of the coyote (Canis latrans) at the Savannah River Site, South Carolina
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorKarl V. Miller
dc.description.committeeKarl V. Miller
dc.description.committeeNathan P. Nibbelink
dc.description.committeeJohn C. Kilgo


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