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Data from: Data from camera surveys identifying co-occurrence and occupancy linkages between fishers (Pekania pennanti), rodent prey, mesocarnivores, and larger predators in mixed-conifer forests

These data provide additional information relevant to the frequency of fisher detections by camera traps, and single-season occupancy and local persistence of fishers in small patches of forest habitats detailed in "Landscape Fuel Reduction, Forest Fire, and Biophysical Linkages to Local Habitat Use and Local Persistence of Fishers (Pekania pennanti) in Sierra Nevada Mixed-conifer Forests", Sweitzer et al. 2016. The data provides insight on camera trap detections of 3 fisher predators (bobcat [Lynx rufus]). Coyote [Canis latrans], mountain lion [Puma concolor], 5 mesocarnivores in the same foraging guild as fishers (gray fox [Urocyon cinereoargenteus]) ringtail [Bassariscus astutus], marten [Martes americana], striped skunk [Mephitis mephitis] spotted skunk [Spilogale gracilis], and 5 Sciuridae rodents that fishers consume as prey (Douglas squirrel [Tamiasciurus douglasii]), gray squirrel [Sciurus griseus], northern flying squirrel [Glaucomys sabrinus], long-eared chipmunk [Neotamias quadrimaculatus], California ground squirrel [Spermophilus beecheyi]. These data are used to identify basic patterns of co-occurrence with fishers, and to evaluate the relative importance of presence of competing mesocarnivores, rodent prey, and predators for fisher occupancy of small, 1 km^2^ grid cells of forest habitat.

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Authors
Sweitzer, Richard Alan
Furnas, Brett J.
Product Type
Dataset
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-119.90324020386 37.561724802703, -119.26054000854 37.531237663022, -118.83756637573 36.870557500309, -119.30448532104 36.874951867203))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Sierra National Forest, California, United States; Sierra Nevada
Temporal Coverage
2007-10/2014-10
Intended Use
These data provide new insights on how the distribution and habitat use of fishers is influenced by presence of multiple co-occurring carnivores and rodent prey in California, USA. These data indicated that fishers co-occurred with multiple species of rodent prey, multiple other mesocarnivores in the same foraging guild, and 3 larger predators that commonly attack and kill them. These data identified a positive association between fisher occupancy and presence of known prey of fishers. Mesocarnivores consume similar prey, and these data identified a negative association between fisher occupancy and presence of other mesocarnivores, indicative of interspecific competition. The data on local occupancy of fishers with prey and competing mesocarnivores can improve models of their distribution in forest ecosystems.
Publisher
Data in Brief
Contact Name
Sweitzer, Richard Alan
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Public
Preferred Dataset Citation
Sweitzer, R. A., & Furnas, B. J. (2016). Data from camera surveys identifying co-occurrence and occupancy linkages between fishers (<em>Pekania pennanti</em>), rodent prey, mesocarnivores, and larger predators in mixed-conifer forests. <em>Data in Brief</em>, 6:783-792. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2016.01.032.
Primary Article

Sweitzer, R. A., & Furnas, B. J. (2016). Data from camera surveys identifying co-occurrence and occupancy linkages between fishers (Pekania pennanti), rodent prey, mesocarnivores, and larger predators in mixed-conifer forests. Data in Brief, 6:783-792.

Related Article

Sweitzer, R. A., Furnas, B. J., Barrett, R. H., Purcell, K. L., & Thompson, C. M. (2016). Landscape fuel reduction, forest fire, and biophysical linkages to local habitat use and local persistence of fishers (Pekania pennanti) in Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 361:208-225.

Methods Citation

Sweitzer, R. A., & Furnas, B. J. (2016). Data from camera surveys identifying co-occurrence and occupancy linkages between fishers (Pekania pennanti), rodent prey, mesocarnivores, and larger predators in mixed-conifer forests. Data in Brief, 6:783-792.

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Funding Source(s)
U.S. Forest Service
Dataset DOI (digital object identifier)
10.1016/j.dib.2016.01.032
Program Code
005:037 - Department of Agriculture - Research and Education
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Modified Date
2018-05-20
Release Date
2018-02-02
Ag Data Commons Keywords: 
  • Animals & Livestock
  • Agroecosystems & Environment
  • Plant and animal
  • Species composition
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