Fiscal Year: 2013
1271 Texas A&M University-Kingsville (20749)
Principal Investigator: Tewes, M.
Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 357,526
Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes
Start and End Dates: 11/7/12 <> 9/30/15
Restricted Research: YES
Academic Discipline: Agricultural Sciences
Department, Center, School, or Institute: College of Agriculture
Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Ocelot Research and Management Program, 2012-2015
Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity:
East Wildlife Foundation
Program Title: none
A rare wildlife treasure exists on the East El Sauz Ranch - the ocelot. This singular ocelot population is critical to the survival of this endangered feline in the United States where less than 80 ocelots remain. Monitoring, research, and management of the ocelots extremely valuable to identify the best methods and strategies to maximize the ocelot population under changing environmental conditions, and to reduce the chances of local extinction. This research project will have 8 major components: 1) monitor ocelot population size, density, and change over time; 2) monitor survival and mortality of individuals and rates for the populations; 3) determine the home range, movements, and activity of ocelots; 4) determine habitat use of ocelots at macro- and micro-spatial scales; 5) establish a monitoring baseline for prey abundance and change under different conditions; 6) monitor diseases, parasites, genetics, and health over multiple years; 7) examine food habit use by ocelot, bobcat and coyote and asses possible competition; and 8) examine the ecology and effect of syntopic bobcat and coyote on ocelot through camera trap, box trapping, telemetry, and hair/fecal analysis. There will be a durable record of research locations so that routine ranch operations will avoid impacting research assets, and so that future workers will have a readily accessible record of locations for informing future studies. The final report will include a description of study design at a level of detail sufficient for replication (i.e., a full description of field methods, laboratory analysis, and analytical methods(); reporting of final results and conclusions; and a write-up of management implications and specific recommendations for future work.
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