Does the Puma care about forest conversion ?

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Puma (c) Image by zoltantakacs.com

How do large carnivores respond to changes in their natural habitat? In their recent study (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2011.12.045), Maria Victoria Lantschner and colleagues used camera traps in natural forests and forest plantations to study habitat use. They detected four large carnivore species. They also found that Geoffroy’s cat avoided forest plantations being restricted to natural continuous forests and natural vegetation remnants. However, the other three carnivore species Puma, Culpeo fox and Andean hog-nosed skunk were less sensitive to this forest conversion.

Victoria is now collaborating with the BIOFRAG project contributing rare data on mammal response to forest change in the tropics.

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