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Mississippi State University (2014)

Occurrence of invasive mammals and native carnivores in northern Patagonia

Gantchoff, Mariela

Titre : Occurrence of invasive mammals and native carnivores in northern Patagonia

Auteur : Gantchoff, Mariela

Université de soutenance : Mississippi State University

Grade : Master of Science in Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014

Résumé
The study of biological invasions is important to management and conservation. I assessed the occurrence of invasive mammals and native mesocarnivores in northern Patagonia. Invasive species had varying responses to anthropogenic disturbance, and were differentially influenced by environmental and anthropogenic factors. Invasive species were also a substantial part of native mesocarnivores diets and appeared to influence their temporal activity, but not occupancy. Overall, I observed high spatial and temporal overlap between native carnivores and coexistence seemed facilitated by diet. Humans had both a positive and negative influence in this community, being responsible for the introduction of invasive species and possibly further facilitating their expansion, while also limiting other invasive species and potentially benefiting native species directly and indirectly. Undoubtedly, biological invasions, anthropogenic disturbance, and native communities can present complex interactions which will require further study to provide effective tools for protected areas.

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