De facto refugia, ecological traps and the biogeography of anthropogenic cougar mortality in Utah
Diversity and Distribution
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.
Wolfe, Michael L.; Stoner, David C.; Rieth, Wendy R.; Bunnell, Kevin D.; Durham, Susan L.; and Stoner, Lisa L., "De facto refugia, ecological traps and the biogeography of anthropogenic cougar mortality in Utah" (2013). Wildland Resources Faculty Publications. Paper 1671.