Latest Publications

Windels, S.K., J.L. Belant. 2016. Performance of tail-mounted transmitters on American beavers Castor canadensis in a northern climate. Wildlife Biology 22:124-129. Download

White, P.J., J.L. Belant. 2016. Individual variation in dental characteristics for estimating age of African lions. Wildlife Biology 22:71-77. Download

Smith, J.B., S.K. Windels, T. Wolf, R.W. Klaver, J.L. Belant. 2016. Do transmitters affect survival and body condition of American beavers Castor canadensis? Wildlife Biology 22:117-123. Download

McFadden-Hiller J.E., D.E. Beyer, Jr., J.L. Belant. 2016. Spatial distribution of black bear incident reports in Michigan. Plos One 11:e0154474. Download

Lafferty, D.J.R., Z.G. Loman, K.S. White, A.T. Morzillo, and J.L. Belant. 2016. Moose (Alces alces) hunters subsidize the scavenger community in Alaska. Polar Biology 39:639-647. Download

DeVault, T.L., B.F. Blackwell, T.W. Seamans, and J.L. Belant. 2016. Interspecific avian hazards to aircraft beyond airport properties. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:746-752. Download

Stillfried, M., J.L. Belant, N.J. Svoboda, D.E. Beyer, S. Kramer-Schadt. 2015. When top predators become prey: Black bears alter movement behavior in response to hunting pressure. Behavioural Processes 120:30-39. Download

About the Lab

The Carnivore Ecology Laboratory (CEL) at Mississippi State University (MSU) seeks to improve understanding of all aspects of carnivore ecology and management through theoretical and applied research. Consistent with the mission of a Land Grant university, we emphasize contemporary problems facing resource management agencies, private landowners, and society at large. Specifically, the mission of the CEL is to conduct scientifically-based research that provides insights into carnivore ecology, conservation, and management to help natural resource agencies, organizations, and the public:

  • Understand the biology and ecological roles of carnivores to ensure their long-term conservation
  • Integrate carnivore ecology information into decision-making processes,
  • Effectively manage carnivore-human interactions to facilitate coexistence,
  • Train future professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective managers, conservationists, and scientists.

The CEL is a team of faculty, staff, and students with interests and expertise in carnivore ecology, predator-prey relationships, and carnivore-human conflict. The research program is supported through contracts and grants of state and federal agencies and non-governmental and private organizations. Facilities include a 2,600 m2 captive carnivore unit and laboratories which allow the conduct of controlled, replicated research on various carnivore species. The lab is further supported through working-relationships with the Human Dimensions Laboratory and the GIS/GAP Laboratory in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State, and the Wildlife Stress Physiology Lab at the University of Missouri-Columbia.