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Monday, November 2 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Occupancy of Large Canids in Eastern North Carolina

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Mikayla Seamster, Christopher Inscore, David T. Cobb –North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

We used camera traps to estimate detection and occupancy of radio-tagged and untagged red wolves, coyotes, and red wolf-coyote hybrids (Canis rufus, C. latrans, and C. rufus X C. latrans) and black bears (Ursus americanus) in Hyde County, N.C. This pilot study was to determine these variables among species and compare them between private and public lands. We also conducted spotlight counts of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) to evaluate large prey availability. Large canids occurred throughout the public lands sampled, but occupancy of tagged individuals was low (0.412). Estimated occupancy of large canids throughout the study area was 0.737 with an estimated detection of 0.051. Occupancy of untagged canids was twice that of collared canids, but detection was similar. Results suggest that our sample sizes (i.e., number of cameras) were too low. Because of low sample sizes and low detection rates, additional research is needed to fine-tune occupancy rates within and among species and land classifications, and thereby provide a landscape-scale perspective on the distribution, and potential implications, of large carnivores in southeast coastal landscapes. Among others, detailed recommendations for continuing research include increased distribution, density, and duration of camera observation collections.

Monday November 2, 2015 3:20pm - 3:40pm EST
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