Spatial ecology of coyotes in the urbanizing landscape of the Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio

Autoři: Gregory A. Franckowiak aff001;  Marlo Perdicas aff002;  Gregory A. Smith aff003
Působiště autorů: Depatment of Biology, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, United States of America aff001;  Summit Metro Parks, Akron, Ohio, United States of America aff002;  Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University at Stark, N. Canton, Ohio, United States of America aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article


Urban landscapes can present ecological challenges for wildlife species, yet many species survive, and even thrive, near dense human populations. Coyotes (Canis latrans), for example, have expanded their geographic range across North America and, as a result of their adaptability and behavioral flexibility, are now a common occupant of many urban areas in the United States. We investigated the spatial ecology of 27 coyotes fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) telemetry collars radio-collared in the Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio. Our objectives were to quantify coyote space use, evaluate resource selection, and investigate coyote movement and activity patterns. To measure space use, we estimated home range (95%) and core area (50%) size of coyotes using the adaptive local convex hull (a-LoCoH) method. We found the mean (± SE) home range size of resident coyotes (4.7 ± 1.8 km2) was significantly smaller than ranges of transient coyotes (67.7 ± 89.6 km2). Similarly, mean (± SE) core area size of resident coyotes (0.9 ± 0.6 km2) was significantly smaller than core areas of transient coyotes (11.9 ± 16.7 km2). Home range and core area size of both resident and transient coyotes did not vary by sex, age, or season. For all coyotes, use of natural land cover was significantly greater than use of altered and developed land. When coyotes were using altered and developed land, GPS fixes were most common at night. Coyote movement patterns differed with respect to status, time period, and season; peaking during nighttime hours. A better understanding of coyote space use and movement within anthropogenic landscapes aids management of people, parks, and wildlife by providing the data necessary for research-based management decisions.

Klíčová slova:

Coyotes – Habitats – Human mobility – Urban areas – Urban ecology – Valleys – Wildlife – Ohio


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