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dc.contributor.advisorBelant, Jerrold L.
dc.contributor.authorPetroelje, Tyler Robert
dc.date2013
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-10T21:57:06Z
dc.date.available2020-09-10T21:57:06Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11668/19807
dc.description.abstractLong-distance vocalizations by canids play an important role in communication among individuals. I evaluated efficacy of broadcasted coyote (Canis latrans) group-yip calls and gray wolf (C. lupus) lone howls to elicit vocal responses from 18 GPS-collared coyotes on 144 occasions. I concluded that eliciting coyote vocalizations where wolves are present will not bias responses, and recommend eliciting coyote vocalizations using recorded coyote group-yip howls during July–September to estimate species’ presence or density. From foraging theory, generalist predators should increase consumption of prey if prey availability increases. I estimated densities for coyotes, adult deer, and fawns, and collected coyote scat to estimate occurrence and biomass of adult and fawn deer consumed by coyotes during 2 periods. I suggest that consumption rates of coyotes was associated positively with increases in fawn density, and fawn consumption by coyotes follows predictions of foraging theory during this pulsed resource event.
dc.publisherMississippi State University
dc.subject.otherhowling
dc.subject.otherdensity estimation gray wolf
dc.subject.otherfunctional response
dc.subject.otherMichigan
dc.subject.otherwhite-tailed deer Odocoileous virginianus
dc.subject.otherCanis latrans
dc.subject.otherCanis lupus
dc.subject.othercoyote consumption
dc.titleFactors Affecting Elicitation of Vocal Response from Coyotes and Population-Level Response to a Pulsed Resource Event
dc.typeThesis
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Forest Resources
dc.date.authorbirth1988
dc.subject.degreeMaster of Science
dc.contributor.committeeLeopold, Bruce D.
dc.contributor.committeeBeyer Jr., Dean E.
dc.contributor.committeeWang, Guiming


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