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Data from: Factors influencing ocelot occupancy in Brazilian Atlantic Forest reserves

Citation

Massara, Rodrigo Lima et al. (2017), Data from: Factors influencing ocelot occupancy in Brazilian Atlantic Forest reserves, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.2g343

Abstract

Over 80% of Atlantic Forest remnants are <50 ha and protected areas are embedded in a matrix dominated by human activities, undermining the long-term persistence of carnivores. The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is an opportunistic species, but little is known about its tolerance to habitat alterations and the influence of other species on its occupancy in Atlantic Forest remnants. We used camera traps to assess ocelot occupancy in protected areas of Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil. We found a positive correlation between the occupancy of ocelots and top predators (jaguars, Panthera onca, and pumas, Puma concolor), and a weaker negative effect between the number of domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) detected and ocelot occupancy. Ocelot detection was higher at sites with more eucalyptus, suggesting that ocelots frequently use these areas. Better-protected areas surrounded by permeable matrices may be critical to the persistence of ocelots in the fragmented Atlantic Forest.

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Location

Brazil
Atlantic Forest