Title

De facto refugia, ecological traps and the biogeography of anthropogenic cougar mortality in Utah

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Diversity and Distribution

Volume

19

Issue

9

Publisher

Wiley

Publication Date

2013

First Page

1114

Last Page

1124

Abstract

Modern extirpations within the Carnivora have generally followed the human footprint. The contagion hypothesis predicts that range contractions should occur along gradients in human activity, leaving relict populations in remote areas at range edges. We evaluated this hypothesis for cougars (Puma concolor), a widely distributed and heavily exploited North American carnivore.