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The Effects of Coyote Removal in Texas

A Case Study in Conservation Biology


 

Abstract

This interrupted case study presents published data on the effect of coyote removal in Texas. It was designed to help students in introductory level biology courses understand trophic level relationships and the role of keystone species. Students interpret data presented graphically and predict how changes at one trophic level may affect populations and communities at other trophic levels.

   

Date Posted

02/25/02

Overview

Objectives

  • Understand the importance of keystone predators. 
  • Demonstrate the difficulty of predicting the effects of ecological perturbations.
  • Interpret data that are presented graphically.
  • Learn about the importance of appropriate experimental controls.

Keywords

Coyote; predator control; top predator; mesopredator; trophic cascade; keystone species; conservation biology; experimental design; West Texas

  

Subject Headings

Ecology
Wildlife Management
Environmental Science

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL

High school, Undergraduate lower division

  

FORMAT

PDF

   

TOPICAL AREAS

N/A

   

LANGUAGE

English

   

TYPE/METHODS

Interrupted, Journal Article

 

 

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