The effects of urbanization on felid populations, interactions, and pathogen dynamics
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Urbanization is one of the most ecologically impactful forms of landscape conversion with far-reaching effects on landscape pattern and process, particularly related to animal populations. We evaluated how urbanization affected population density, interspecific interactions, and pathogen exposure in wild felid populations. Specifically, we studied bobcats and pumas across wildland, exurban development, and wildland-urban interface (WUI) habitat to test hypotheses evaluating how urbanization impacts wild felids. Low-density residential development appeared to have a greater impact on felid ...