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Interactions between humans and local wildlife are inherent to urbanization and have created a demand for management solutions. Coyotes (Canis latrans) are prominent in urban ecosystems and can potentially cause a variety of residential threats, as seen at Long Beach, CA. Currently, a project is underway assessing the coyote population, in order to better understand how the animals function in the city and how best to manage them. The main components of the study include monitoring coyote activity and dispersal patterns, how the urban environment affects coyote living strategies, and a dietary analysis. The dietary analysis has two components: a solid analysis of the bones found in the coyote scat and a parallel study on the genetic material of prey items found in the scat. This study will focus on the genetic analysis of the coyote scat using species-specific primers for PCR.

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Genetic Diet Analysis of Coyote Scat from Populations in Long Beach