Document Type

Open Access Thesis

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Degree Program

Environmental Conservation

Degree Type

Master of Science (M.S.)

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Month Degree Awarded



Using specially trained scat detection dogs we located fecal samples from black bear (Ursus americanus) and coyote (Canis latrans) throughout three study areas in Newfoundland, Canada, to describe these predators diet. Our sampling efforts were designed around seasons which were important to woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) calving and resource use. We identified hairs microscopically to prey species and grouped other remains to facilitate our analysis. Bear exhibited an omnivorous diet throughout the study areas, ecological seasons and inside and outside the caribou calving grounds while coyote were limited to caribou, moose and snowshoe hare.

First Advisor

Todd K Fuller

Second Advisor

John F Organ

Third Advisor

Stephen DeStefano