Date of Award

12-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Advisor

Dr. Greg Y. Yarrow

Committee Member

Dr. JIm Armstrong

Committee Member

Dr. Robert Baldwin

Committee Member

Dr. Patrick Gerard

Committee Member

Dr. Patrick Jodice

Abstract

Recent coyote (Canis latrans ) colonization of the southeastern United States has prompted speculation on the top-down effects of a new top predator on systems which have gone without a strong predator presence since the extirpation of the red wolf (Canis rufus ). This dissertation reports on the results of a series of investigations of the potential impact of coyotes on raccoons (Procyon lotor ) and other management issues related to coyotes in the Southeast. Chapters 1-3 present indirect field tests of the Mesopredator Release Hypothesis. Chapter 4 presents an overview of the current knowledge of the ecology and potential impacts of coyotes in the Southeast.

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