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

David Stoner, et. al.; January 30, 2013

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.

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