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Yesterday's featured #carnivore was a #bobcat (Lynx rufus)! As you might know, bobcats get their name from their short tails, averaging only 11-19cm. To put it in perspective, that's typically shorter than the length of a pencil (19cm)! #Caturday #wildlife
Remote #PhotoFriday!: With a quick glance it doesn't appear that there are any animals in this image. However, there is one! This is why it is important to take your time when indexing and analyzing trail camera images. Can you spot & ID the mystery #mammal? Check back tomorrow!
We have an exciting #postdoc opportunity available at Global Wildlife Conservation Center! Learn more, including how to apply on our website @ https://t.co/MakjdeMiOz #jobfairy #Job #research #wildlife #wolves
Maps on Monday! This map shows the GPS locations of #blackbears, #bobcats, #coyotes & #wolves we used to compare spatio-temporal responses to #human road use. Human activity explained 90% of temporal variation in road use across carnivore species. Read @ https://t.co/0jqYG47Mwu
Yesterday's featured critter was a #redfox (Vulpes vulpes). Despite the name, not all individual red foxes are actually red! Coat coloration varies from pale to deep red or darker gray, or brownish, or even black or silver! What color variation of red #fox have you seen?
Remote #PhotoFriday! On #IsleRoyale NP we are using cameras to document species distributions across the island & investigate relationship between human&animal use of trails. Do you know what #critter was caught carrying it's meal down the trail? Check back tomorrow to find out!
How much bigger are #moose than white-tailed #deer?! This photo fuse of 2 images taken on UP Deer Movement Study shows just that!Moose are the largest member of #Cervidae, weighing 270-600kg(w/ calves 11-16kg at birth) White-tailed deer weigh 57-137kg(w/fawns 1.5-2.5kg at birth)!
2/2 Conservation detection dog teams identified prey remains at more clusters (2.3x), required less search time (42%), and handlers traveled less distance per detected prey remain (83%) compared to technician only teams! Read full article @ https://t.co/oHP81WwFUy
1/2 We investigated GPS cluster sites of #wolves, #coyotes, #bobcats & #blackbears to locate prey remains. We estimated & compared search effort & detection of prey remains by technician and conservation detection dog teams.
1/2 Both #fisher and #marten primarily eat rodents, lagomorphs, birds, insects, fruits & carrion. However DYK that #porcupines are an important prey source for fisher!? This interesting predator-prey system has led to the evolution of unique hunting and killing behaviors!
1/2 Yesterday's featured #mustelid was a #fisher (Martes pennanti)! They are endemic to the New World &largest members of the Martes genus. Adult male avg weight=3.5-5.5 kg; female=2.0-2.5 kg. This is 2-5x what the American #marten weighs (males:0.5-1.0kg, females:0.4-0.7 kg)!
Remote #PhotoFriday By placing cameras on old logging/ATV trails that #deer frequently use, we estimate deer abundance and population composition. We capture images of many different species walking down the trails. Do you know what #mustelid was bounding down the trail?
Maps on Monday!: On Michigan Predator Prey Project, we collared #blackbears, #wolves, #coyotes, & #bobcats. The GPS collars took a location every 15 min May-August. This map displays the GPS locations of all collared carnivores from 2009-19! Red outlines=study areas.
2/2 If so, you probably noticed their long claws! #Badgers are excellent diggers and tunnel rapidly through soil in pursuit of prey. They are #carnivorous and prey primarily on small #mammals and ground nesting birds. They also use these burrows for sleeping.
1/2 Yesterday's mystery #mammal was an American #badger (Taxidea taxus)! They have short stocky legs with a grayish/reddish coat & white dorsal stripe that extends from the nose. They have distinct facial markings with white chin/throat & black patches. Have you ever seen one?!
Remote #PhotoFriday!: To estimate #blackbear abundance within the study area we conducted a hair snare survey during the summer on Michigan Predator Prey Project. We saw more than just black bears visiting the sites! Can you identify this medium-sized #mammal caught on camera?
Yesterday's bounding #canid was a #coyote (Canis latrans)! Coyotes are extremely adaptable and found throughout North and Central America. If you haven't seen one, you've likely heard their distinctive #yips and howls! #songdog #wildlife #research
Remote Photo Friday! Who knows what canid we caught leaping through the air? On the UP Deer Movement Study, we conduct a passive trail camera survey along ATV/logging two-tracks that deer frequently use to estimate deer abundance, as well as population composition!
Maps on Monday! We estimated&compared search effort/detection of #prey remains for technician vs conservation #detectiondog (CDD) teams. CDD teams identified prey remains at more clusters, required less search time & handlers traveled less distance! [email protected] https://t.co/oHP81Wf4vY