Carnivore Ecology Research Project
In 1989, a bobcat research project was begun on the Tallahala Wildlife Management Area in central Mississippi. The project was designed to examine various aspects of bobcat ecology, such as movements, activity, and spatial characteristics. During the winter of 1991, the project began to blossom into a research project examining a suite of mammalian predators. Raccoons and gray fox were captured and radiotracked. In 1992, the project expanded to include an area adjacent to Tallahala owned by Georgia-Pacific Corporation. This allowed the project to develop new objectives and focus, including the influence of forest management practices on bobcat population parameters. In 1993, the project further expanded to include coyotes and opossums and our study area enlarged to cover portions of 4 counties, a wildlife management area, 2 tracts of land under Georgia-Pacific ownership, and thousands of acres of privately owned land. At this point, the research project that began as an examination of bobcat ecology had become a research program designed to examine predation and the relationships among the targeted predators. Graduate students partitioned monitoring responsibilities, routinely radiotracking up to 150 animals per year between them. In December 1997, the project was completed and the synthesis of information began. This site presents pertinent findings of our research for each species, including general ecological information, publications derived from the project, and the personnel that dedicated themselves to ensuring its success.
This research project was made possible by the cooperation of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Mississippi Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, USDA Forest Service through the National Forests of Mississippi, and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University. Additionally, our research was a partial contribution of Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Projects W-48, Study 40 and W-48, Study 29.