Distribution, Habitat Associations, and Connectivity of the Cascade Red Fox in Southern Washington

Jocelyn Akins (Ph D candidate, NSERC Fellow)

See CASCADE CARNIVORE PROJECT for more information

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Photo: Cascade red fox on Mt Adams, WA (2012 © Cascades Carnivore Project)

My research aims to address some of the factors limiting fox distribution by addressing the following questions: Where does the CRF currently occur in the southern half of its historic distribution? What factors limit this distribution? What is the evolutionary potential for this
subspecies? The principal hypothesis underlying my proposed research is that the distribution of the CRF is limited to a few isolated, high-elevation populations that are experiencing the genetic effects of small and declining size due to a lack of connectivity linked to changing conditions in the montane biome.