Title

Distribution and Habitat Use of the Big Cypress Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger avicennia)

Authors

Authors

D. A. Eisenberg; R. F. Noss; J. M. Waterman;M. B. Main

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Southeast. Nat.

Keywords

CONSERVATION; POPULATION; FLORIDA; DENSITY; REGION; DIET; Biodiversity Conservation; Ecology

Abstract

Human population growth and development reduce the area and quality of natural communities and lead to a decline of associated wildlife populations. Sciurus niger avicennia (Big Cypress Fox Squirrel), a state-listed threatened subspecies endemic to south Florida, appears sensitive to habitat fragmentation and fire regime. This research assessed the distribution and habitat use of the Big Cypress Fox Squirrel from interviews with biologists, private land owners, and golf course managers and by transect sampling in natural areas on public and private lands in southwest Florida. Our findings indicate that the distribution of fox squirrel populations is influenced by land use and understory height. Conservation of this species in natural areas will require land management practices that maintain open landscapes.

Journal Title

Southeastern Naturalist

Volume

10

Issue/Number

1

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

75

Last Page

84

WOS Identifier

WOS:000306600900006

ISSN

1528-7092

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