Space use and habitat selection of an invasive mesopredator and sympatric, native apex predator
Michael L Wysong, Bronwyn A Hradsky, Gwenllian D Iacona, Leonie E Valentine, Keith Morris, Euan G Ritchie
MOVEMENT ECOLOGY | BMC | Published : 2020
Background: Where mesopredators co-exist with dominant apex predators, an understanding of the factors that influence their habitat and space use can provide insights that help guide wildlife conservation and pest management actions. A predator's habitat use is defined by its home range, which is influenced by its selection or avoidance of habitat features and intra- and inter-specific interactions within the landscape. These are driven by both innate and learned behaviour, operating at different spatial scales. We examined the seasonal home ranges and habitat selection of actively-managed populations of a native apex predator (dingo Canis dingo) and invasive mesopredator (feral cat Felis ca..View full abstract
Funding for this project was provided by the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the Gorgon Gas Development offset program. MLW was supported by an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) from the Australian Government and by a scholarship from the Australian Research Council, Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions (ARC-CEED).