09 Oct '17, 10pm

Dogs, dung, and DNA: mapping multi-species corridors to conserve threatened carnivores

Dogs, dung, and DNA: mapping multi-species corridors to conserve threatened carnivores

Researchers enlisted dog sniffing power to locate the scat of five threatened carnivores across an increasingly fragmented Atlantic Forest landscape and identified the animals’ species through genetic analysis. The ability to collect and distinguish scat of jaguars, pumas, ocelots, oncillas, and bush dogs enabled the scientists to develop spatial models for species-specific movement corridors that connect the region's protected areas. The researchers combined these species presence models with habitat and human factors to map and propose effective least-cost, multi-species biological corridors. Large forest carnivores rely on expanses of natural vegetation and enough prey to survive. Misiones province of northeastern Argentina has some of the larger remaining tracts of Atlantic Forest, but a low carnivore density. Continuing habitat loss, forest fragmentation from new road...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/wildtech/2017/10/dogs-dung-and-...

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