- Loss of habitat, direct mortality from collisions with vehicles, and isolation
of small populations are important concerns for the conservation of large carnivores.
Clearly identifying and communicating wildlife habitat networks is an important
part of addressing these concerns.
Goals and Objectives
- Goal: Evaluate relative landscape permeability, at a regional scale, for
large carnivores dispersing between blocks of occupied or potential habitat
in Washington, Oregon, and adjacent portions of Idaho and British Columbia.
- Develop regional-scale GIS techniques to evaluate multi-species
large carnivore habitat connectivity, focusing on wolverine, lynx, and a
general forest carnivore model.
- Apply the model to Washington, Oregon, and adjacent areas.
3. Identify highway segments that intersect potential large carnivore
habitat and habitat linkage areas.
Landscape Permeability for
Large Carnivores in the Pacific Northwest