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Mesocarnivore Distribution along Gradients of Anthropogenic Disturbance in Mediterranean Landscapes

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BiBio Research Group, Natural Sciences Museum of Granollers, Francesc Macià 51, 08402 Granollers, Spain
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Small mammal Research Area, Natural Sciences Museum of Granollers, Francesc Macià 51, 08402 Granollers, Spain
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Department of Biogeography and Global Change, National Museum of Natural Sciences, CSIC, Serrano 115 Bis, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Michael Wink, Luc Legal, Ben-Erik Van Wyk and Michel Baguette
Diversity 2022, 14(2), 133; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020133
Received: 29 January 2022 / Revised: 8 February 2022 / Accepted: 11 February 2022 / Published: 14 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diversity in 2022)
Wildfires are important sources of landscape change in Mediterranean environments, creating large patches of low-growth natural habitats (i.e., scrublands) inside protected areas, whereas woodland patches remain mostly near well protected human settlements. Landscape patterns resulting from these gradients influence habitat suitability for mesocarnivores regarding food and shelter. In winter and summer 2019, we sampled 16 independent line-transects with four camera traps each (64 cameras overall), covering the main habitats of the study area (woodlands, scrublands, and crops). Cameras were baited to compensate for the low detectability of target species, and mesocarnivore contacts were analysed by means of GLMMs and occupancy models. Our results showed a positive and stronger association of wild species with woodland habitats, despite the low proportion of habitat available, higher presence of competitors (other mesocarnivores), and potential predators (human pets, i.e., dogs), and low natural prey availability than in scrubland (i.e., small mammals). However, mesocarnivores will find protection against predators and resting sites in forests as well as other food opportunities in crops and urban areas, despite the possible interference with humans and their pets. Potential cascading effects linked to ecological roles of Mediterranean mesocarnivores on the succession of Mediterranean landscapes would imply longer-term effects of human disturbance on landscape trends. View Full-Text
Keywords: carnivores; habitat suitability; landscape gradients; scrublands; woodlands; wildfires carnivores; habitat suitability; landscape gradients; scrublands; woodlands; wildfires
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Torre, I.; Pulido, T.; Vilella, M.; Díaz, M. Mesocarnivore Distribution along Gradients of Anthropogenic Disturbance in Mediterranean Landscapes. Diversity 2022, 14, 133. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020133

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Torre I, Pulido T, Vilella M, Díaz M. Mesocarnivore Distribution along Gradients of Anthropogenic Disturbance in Mediterranean Landscapes. Diversity. 2022; 14(2):133. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020133

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Torre, Ignasi, Tomàs Pulido, Marc Vilella, and Mario Díaz. 2022. "Mesocarnivore Distribution along Gradients of Anthropogenic Disturbance in Mediterranean Landscapes" Diversity 14, no. 2: 133. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020133

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