Skip to main content
Dryad logo

Data from: Co-occurrence of bobcats, coyotes, and ocelots in Texas

Citation

Lombardi, Jason et al. (2021), Data from: Co-occurrence of bobcats, coyotes, and ocelots in Texas, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.931zcrjgp

Abstract

Interspecific competition among carnivores has been linked to differences in behavior, morphology, and resource use. Insights into these interactions can enhance understanding of local ecological processes that can have impacts on the recovery of endangered species, such as the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). Ocelots, bobcats (Lynx rufus), and coyotes (Canis latrans) share a small geographic range overlap from South Texas to south-central Mexico but relationships among the three are poorly understood. From May 2011 to March 2018, we conducted a camera trap study to examine co-occurrence patterns among ocelots, bobcats, and coyotes on the East Foundation’s El Sauz Ranch in South Texas. We used a novel multi-season extension to multi-species occupancy models with ≥2 interacting species to conduct an exploratory analysis to examine interspecific interactions and examine the potential effects of patch-level and landscape-level metrics relative to the occurrence of these carnivores. We found strong evidence of seasonal mutual coexistence among all three species and observed a species-specific seasonal trend in detection. Seasonal coexistence patterns were also explained by increasing distance from a high-speed roadway. However, these results have important ecological implications for planning ocelot recovery in the rangelands of South Texas. This study suggests a coexistence among ocelots, bobcats, and coyotes under the environmental conditions on the El Sauz Ranch. Further research would provide a better understanding of the ecological mechanisms that facilitate coexistence within this community. As road networks in the region expand over the next few decades, large private working ranches will be needed to provide important habitat for ocelots and other carnivore species.

Methods

DataDryad_Lombardi_et_al- - Binary capture history used for analysis to conduct an exploratory analysis to examine interspecific interactions (avoidance/coexistence) and examine the potential effects of patch-level and landscape-level metrics relative to the occurrence of bobcats, coyotes and ocelots.  The binary capture history is based on 14 seasons of five 4-week periods (five occasions) per season.

Usage Notes

This dataset is for a multi-species, multi-season occupancy model of 2 or more interacting species.

Spatial data - 1-m land cover classification for the study area used in the analysis for this research

Funding

East Foundation*

Tim and Karen Hixon Foundation

East Foundation