Behaviorally Mediated Coexistence of Ocelots, Bobcats and Coyotes Using Hidden Markov Models

Author(s): Maksim Sergeyev, Joseph D. Holbrook, Jason V. Lombardi, Michael E. Tewes, and Tyler A. Campbell

Published: November 2022

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The competitive exclusion principle states that ecologically similar species will be unable to coexist due to competition for resources, however, similar species coexist across a variety of ecosystems. Understanding mechanisms of coexistence is essential for managing a target species. Advances in monitoring technology have provided the ability to obtain reliable, high-frequency data on wildlife. Our study provides a novel approach to examining coexistence and identifies behaviorally mediated spatial and temporal differences in habitat use that may facilitate coexistence between ocelots, bobcats and coyotes.

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Sergeyev, M., J. D. Holbrook, J. V. Lombardi, M. E. Tewes, and T. A. Campbell. 2022. “Behaviorally Mediated Coexistence of Ocelots, Bobcats and Coyotes Using Hidden Markov Models.” Oikos 2022: e09480. DOI: 10.1111/oik.09480

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