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ResourcesDistribution, habitat associations, and connectivity of the Cascade red fox (Vulpes vulpes cascadensis) in southern Washington

cascade red fox on Mt Adams, WA: Photo credit: Cascades Carnivore Project (2012)

cascade red fox on Mt Adams, WA: Photo credit: Cascades Carnivore Project (2012)

Project:

This research is led by Ph. D candidate, Jocelyn Akins, of the Mammal Ecology and Conservation Unit at University of California, Davis and the Cascade Carnivore Project, aims to address some of the factors limiting fox distribution by addressing the following questions: Where does the Cascade red fox currently occur within its historic distribution? What factors limit this distribution? What is the evolutionary potential for this subspecies? The principal hypothesis underlying this research is that the distribution of the Cascade red fox is limited to a few isolated, high-elevation populations that are experiencing the genetic effects of small genetic effective population and declining size due to a lack of connectivity linked to changing conditions in the montane biome

Researchers:

Ben Sacks – University of California, Davis, USA

Jocelyn Akins – University of California, Davis, USA

Links:

http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/cdcg/JocelynsPage.php