Latest Publications

Puckett, E.E., T.V. Kristensen, C.M. Wilton, S.B. Lyda, K. Noyce, P.M. Holahan, D.M. Leslie, Jr., J. Beringer, J.L. Belant, D. White, Jr., and L.S. Eggert. 2014. The influence of a bottleneck followed by admixture on population structure of American black bears (Ursus americanus) in the Central Interior Highlands, USA. Molecular Ecology 23:2414-2427. Download

Duquette, J.F., J.L. Belant, N.J. Svoboda, D.E. Beyer, Jr., and P.E. Lederle. 2014. Effects of maternal nutrition, resource use and multi-predator risk on neonatal white-tailed deer survival. Plos One 9:e100841. Download

Biondi, K.M., J.L. Belant, J.A. Martin, T.L. DeVault, and G. Wang. 2014. Behavioral traits and airport type affect mammal incidents with U.S. civil aircraft. Environmental Management 54:908-918. Download

Lewis, T. M., D. J. R. Lafferty. 2014. Brown bears scavenge humpback whale carcass in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Ursus 25:in press

Gantchoff, M.G., J.L. Belant, and D.A. Masson. 2013. Occurrence of exotic mammals in southern Nahuel Huapi National Park. Studies on Neoptropical Fauna and Environment 48:175-182.

Wilton, C.M., J.L. Belant, and J. Beringer. 2014. Distribution of American black bear occurrences and human-bear conflicts in Missouri. Ursus 25:53-60. Download

Wegan, M.T., D.R. Etter, J.L. Belant, D.E. Beyer, Jr., N.J. Svoboda, and T.R. Petroelje. 2014. A cable neck-restraint to live-capture coyotes. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:in press.

About the Lab

The Carnivore Ecology Laboratory (CEL) at Mississippi State University (MSU) seeks to improve understanding of all aspects of carnivore ecology and management through theoretical and applied research. Consistent with the mission of a Land Grant university, we emphasize contemporary problems facing resource management agencies, private landowners, and society at large. Specifically, the mission of the CEL is to conduct scientifically-based research that provides insights into carnivore ecology, conservation, and management to help natural resource agencies, organizations, and the public:

  • Understand the biology and ecological roles of carnivores to ensure their long-term conservation
  • Integrate carnivore ecology information into decision-making processes,
  • Effectively manage carnivore-human interactions to facilitate coexistence,
  • Train future professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective managers, conservationists, and scientists.

The CEL is a team of faculty, staff, and students with interests and expertise in carnivore ecology, predator-prey relationships, and carnivore-human conflict. The research program is supported through contracts and grants of state and federal agencies and non-governmental and private organizations. Facilities include a 2,600 m2 captive carnivore unit and laboratories which allow the conduct of controlled, replicated research on various carnivore species. The lab is further supported through working-relationships with the Human Dimensions Laboratory and the GIS/GAP Laboratory in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State, and the Wildlife Stress Physiology Lab at the University of Missouri-Columbia.