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Toward a Panther-centered View of the Forests of South Florida

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dc.contributor.author Kerkhoff, Andrew J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Milne, Bruce T. en_US
dc.contributor.author Maehr, David S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:02:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:02:03Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3514
dc.description.abstract "Anthropogenic habitat degradation and loss is the single largest threat to the endangered Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi. Conservation of the subspecies must be undertaken on the scale of the entire landscape. Thus, a view of the forested landscape of South Florida must be developed that is meaningful with reference to the panther. We approach this problem by analyzing the spatial interactions of panthers and forests at multiple scales. We apply tools derived from fractal geometry to the analysis of 12 years of telemetry observations of panthers and remotely sensed forest cover imagery. A fractal characterization extends conventional scale-dependent measures of forest density and relates intuitively to panther ecology. To move toward a panther-centered view of the forests of South Florida, we adopt a scale-dependent notion of association and compare the density of forest cover associated with panther locations to that of the forest at large. Panthers interact with forest cover over a wide range of scales, consistently selecting denser than average forest areas. We discuss landscape-scale management of the panther in light of our findings and propose a protocol for mapping forest cover with reference to the panther at multiple scales as a mangement tool for habitat assessment." en_US
dc.subject panthers en_US
dc.subject anthropology en_US
dc.subject mapping en_US
dc.subject landscape change en_US
dc.title Toward a Panther-centered View of the Forests of South Florida en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector Wildlife en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth Febuary en_US

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