Population dynamics of gray squirrels in forest patches in the Gwynns Falls Watershed

Tommy Parker, University of Missouri-Columbia
Charles H. Nilon, University of Missouri-Columbia

Tree squirrels are an important part of the fauna of forest patches in North American and European cities. Squirrels use forest patches as habitat and influence patch structure. We will study population characteristics (population density, habitat use, home range, and population genetics) of gray squirrels in forest patches surrounded by two matrix types (high density residential/commercial and low density residential). Our study is part of a larger project studying population characteristics of gray squirrels in forest patches in cities where they are native (Baltimore) and where they are exotics (London).

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