Data from: Demographic history of an elusive carnivore: using museums to inform management

Joseph D. Holbrook, Randy W. DeYoung, Michael E. Tewes & John H. Young
Elusive carnivores present a challenge to managers because traditional survey methods are not suitable. We applied a genetic approach using museum specimens to examine how historical and recent conditions influenced the demographic history of Puma concolor in western and southern Texas, USA. We used 10 microsatellite loci and indexed population trends by estimating historical and recent genetic diversity, genetic differentiation, and effective population size. Mountain lions in southern Texas exhibited a 10% decline in genetic...
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