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Monday, November 2 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Effects of Season and Habitat Characteristics on Coyote Scat Deposition Patterns

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William D. Gulsby, University of Georgia; Charlie H. Killmaster, John W. Bowers –Georgia Department of Natural Resources; James D. Kelly, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Karl V. Miller, University of Georgia

Scat-based surveys are commonly used to index coyote (Canis latrans) abundance or spatial distribution. However, seasonal changes in coyote diets can influence rates and spatial patterns of scat deposition due to unequal prey distribution among habitat types. We used compositional analysis to evaluate spatiotemporal patterns in coyote scat deposition on B.F. Grant (BFG) and Cedar Creek (CC) Wildlife Management Areas in central Georgia during January 2010-April 2012. We collected 283 coyote scats on BFG and 206 on CC. Seasons were based on seasonal prey selection and included December-May, June-August, and September-November. We identified the habitat types available within 100-m of survey routes and scat locations and observed significant habitat-specific spatial patterns in coyote scat deposition among seasons. Landscape context affected scat locations on the two areas. Scats were disproportionately located in open and/or early successional habitats on the diverse, fragmented landscape of BFG, whereas mature forest was the highest-ranking habitat on the relatively homogenous landscape of CC. Distribution of survey routes along with timing and scale of surveys are important when planning scat-based coyote surveys. However, the relative importance of each factor may vary depending on habitat composition and landscape characteristics within sites. Spatiotemporal trends in scat deposition were similar to previous telemetry-based reports of seasonal habitat selection by coyotes and may provide information on broad-scale habitat selection at a lower cost than capture and telemetry.

Monday November 2, 2015 3:40pm - 4:00pm EST
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