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Human-Wildlife Interactions

Bobcat and Kittens
Bobcat and Kittens
Conflict between livestock producers and carnivores is a global problem that negatively impacts ranchers’ livelihoods and the long-term health of carnivore populations. San Mateo County is no exception and research is critical for improving our under-standing of carnivore risks to livestock and how they can be mitigated. To work towards the goal of better protecting livestock, Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor Carolyn Whitesell, PhD has started a pilot project to examine wildlife movements and rancher-carnivore conflict on public and private grazing pastures in San Mateo County.
Coyotes - same location, different day
Coyotes - same location, different day
As part of this project, Carolyn has been placing camera traps on these pastures. Within the first eight weeks of the project, she has already recorded numerous instances of mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats using the cattle pastures and has confirmed mountain lion dens on two properties. The exciting preliminary findings have also show fine-scale movement overlap between cattle and mountain lions. Carolyn looks forward to continued data collection and further findings!