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Tayra occupancy and carnivore co-occurrence dynamics in the Ecuadorian Andes

Duration

August 2016 - September 2018

Narrative

The Chocó-Andean region of Ecuador lies at the convergence of two of the world’s top 25 biodiversity hotspots and is home to more endemic species than any other hotspot on Earth. Unfortunately, half of this region has been deforested and the expansion of agriculture, development, and recently granted mining concessions threatens remaining forest. As part of an overarching project to design a socio-ecological corridor between two ecological reserves using the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) as an umbrella species, two large-scale camera trapping surveys were implemented across 850 km² of forest in the region northwest of Quito, Ecuador.

As a subset of the corridor design project, this specific study has two aims: 1) To evaluate how land use and land cover influence occupancy of tayra (Eira barbara), a generalist species throughout Latin America, and 2) to describe the spatial co-occurrence patterns between the Andean bear and other native and nonnative fauna including puma (Puma concolor) and domestic/feral dogs (Canis familiaris). This study will increase the understanding of how wildlife species are using the landscape and will contribute to conservation planning efforts in this region.

Research Products and Activities

Presentations

  • Springer, V. A. Fuller, and E. Cooch. Spatial co-occurrence of Andean bears with puma and dogs in Ecuador. 25th International Conference on Bear Research and Management. Quito, Ecuador.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 109

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Cooperative Research Units Program

Links

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute