Data from: Enhanced understanding of predator–prey relationships using molecular methods to identify predator species, individual and sex

Matthew A. Mumma, Colleen E. Soulliere, Shane P. Mahoney & Lisette P. Waits
Predator species identification is an important step in understanding predator-prey interactions, but predator identifications using kill site observations are often unreliable. We used molecular tools to analyse predator saliva, scat and hair from caribou calf kills in Newfoundland, Canada to identify the predator species, individual and sex. We sampled DNA from 32 carcasses using cotton swabs to collect predator saliva. We used fragment length analysis and sequencing of mitochondrial DNA to distinguish between coyote, black...

Registration Year

  • 2013

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  • Dataset


  • Department of Environment and Conservation
  • University of Idaho