My Masters project will investigate the effectiveness of camera trap methodology in evaluating habitat selection of Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) by comparing camera trap data to GPS telemetry data. I will also be assessing how the presence of Bobcats (Lynx rufus) near the southern range of the Canada lynx habitat influences different behaviors (such as habitat use) of the lynx. This work will be undertaken near Hedley in British Colombia, which is an area of overlap between the two species.
Canada lynx typically inhabit northern ranges in Canada and northern United states, while bobcats typically inhabit more southern ranges in the United States and southern Canada. The Canada lynx and bobcat are closely related species, as they both use similar resources throughout their ranges and exhibit morphological similarities. It is important to understand the competition going on between these two species in areas of sympatry, as the movement of bobcats further into lynx territory with the warming climate presents the possibility of seeing lynx displacement across large spatial scales. My work aims to address this competition and assess how Canada lynx respond to the presence of bobcats in their range.