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Title: Coyote abundance in relation to habitat characteristics in Sierra San Luis, Sonora, Mexico

Author: Guevara, Eduardo Ponce; Serrano, Karla Pelz; Lopez Gonzalez, Carlos A.;

Date: 2005

Source: In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 337-340

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Description: Coyotes have expanded their historical distribution range because of anthropogenic activities and habitat transformation, where forests have been considered marginal habitat. We tested the relationship between vegetation structure and coyote abundance in different habitat types. We expected to find a higher abundance in open lands than in thicker areas. We used scent station surveys and found that the shrub layer seems to be the factor determining coyote abundance, with a higher use of open areas. The structure of the vegetation represents an important factor in the distribution and conservation of large carnivores.

Keywords: Canis latrans, coyotes, habitats, distribution, abundance, human activity, vegetation, Mexico

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Guevara, Eduardo Ponce; Serrano, Karla Pelz; Lopez Gonzalez, Carlos A. 2005. Coyote abundance in relation to habitat characteristics in Sierra San Luis, Sonora, Mexico. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 337-340

 


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