Mesocarnivores

Mesocarnivores are mid sized to small mammalian species whose diet consists of 50-70% meat and the remainder is made up of non-vertebrate foods including fruit, fungi and other plant material. Mesocarnivores are more numerous and more diverse than large carnivores. The species can be solitary to highly social and habitat specialists of climax communities or generalists that live in closer proximity to human communities.

A collaborative effort between The Wilderness Society, US Forest Service, Southwest Crown Collaborative, National Forest Foundation and Defenders of Wildlife organized a workshop on December 10-11th in Missoula, MT with the objectives of:

  • Identifying where, how, and why monitoring is occurring for lynx, wolverine, and fisher;
  • Share lessons learned, innovations, and challenges around monitoring of lynx, wolverine, and fisher;
  •  Discuss which methods are best for different monitoring objectives; 
  • Discuss whether there is a need or support for using consistent monitoring approaches across a wider area, and at what scales these could occur;
  • Discuss means for maintaining regular discussions on lynx, wolverine and fisher monitoring and management.

For more information on this workshop click here.

The CMP and its partnership in the Crown Adaptation Partnership will commence planning a mesocarnivore work in 2016. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.