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Dr. Dan Thornton's Mammal Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab

Grizzly digging for army cutworm moths on talus slopes in Glacier National Park. Moths may be an important, but little studied, component of Grizzly diet. We are seeking to understand this relationship. This video taken by graduate student Erik Peterson, and funded by the Glacier Park Conservancy.

White-lipped peccaries visiting a water hole in northern Guatemala. This species is one of the most vulnerable to human disturbance. Work in Guatemala is helping to elucidate vulnerability fo this species to hunting, and methods for monitoring. Video taken by graduate student Lucy Perera-Romero, and credit goes to  WSU, Wildlife Conservation Society, OMYC (Organization de Manejo y Conservacion), and CONAP (Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas).

Tayra (small neotropical felid) scent marking an ocelot latrine. Work by Travis King discovered that latrines serve as communication centers for a variety of neotropical mammals. Video credit to Travis King and Panthera.

As part of collaborative work that is being led by Trent University, we are GPS-collaring lynx and bobcat in southern British Columbia, just across the border with Washington. As the climate warms, the niche ecology of bobcats and lynx may change. We are examining how lynx and bobcat partition space and use their landscape in winter and summer. We will also use the data on movement from the collars to examine transboundary connectivity. Video of a lynx by Arthur Scully (Trent University graduate student).