Fine-scale temporal and spatial population fluctuations of medium sized carnivores in a Mediterranean agricultural matrix Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Abstract Context Many Mediterranean ecosystems are human-dominated landscapes comprising a mosaic of agricultural, natural and semi-natural habitats alongside urban areas. The size, spatial pattern and connectivity of these “mosaic landscapes” promote changes in wildlife behavior, movement patterns and habitat use. Objectives Study how spatiotemporal landscape changes impact the spatial dynamics of a mammalian carnivore guild. Methods We quantified multi-season activity rates/density from camera trap encounters using N-mixture models. One hundred cameras were located at 25 sites, divided into five categories: nature reserve; large natural area; vineyards within natural area; vineyards near settlements; vineyards within the core agricultural matrix. Results Golden jackals (Canis aureus) were active in anthropogenic modified landscapes. Red foxes …

publication date

  • January 1, 2017