Gwendolyn Hubner Humanities and Social Science
Common Ground: Co-habitation of Humans and Carnivorans in the Berkeley Hills
The area in and around Tilden Regional Park in North Berkeley is home to both a growing human population and a number of species of wild carnivorans. Little is known about the population densities and distributions of the latter and their interaction with human populations in this area. In this study, I will use camera traps to determine baseline densities of ubiquitous species, such as the coyote (Canis latrans) and the bobcat (Lynx rufus). Camera traps with scent lures will be used to establish the presence of the more elusive puma (Puma concolor). From this project I hope to gain a better understanding of the ecology of the unique interface between human-dominated landscapes and the preserved wilderness that characterize the North Berkeley Hills.