Return of Wolves to Isle Royale Consequences for Mesocarnivores

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Funding Opportunity ID: 323148
Opportunity Number: NPS-NOIP20AC00057
Opportunity Title: Return of Wolves to Isle Royale Consequences for Mesocarnivores
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.944
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: This announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service's intention to award financial assistance for the following project activities.
Agency Code: DOI-NPS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Posted Date: Dec 18, 2019
Close Date: Dec 30, 2019
Last Updated Date: Dec 18, 2019
Award Ceiling: $239,400
Award Floor: $239,400
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: This announcement is to provide public notice of the NPS's intentions to award financial assistance for the following project activities without competition. This is a Great Lakes – Northern Forest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin, Madison with principal investigator Pauli Lab. The overall goal of this project is to quantify effects and evaluate the impacts of wolf reintroduction on the other native carnivores, fox and marten, within the park. By combining genetic and non-invasive approaches in the field and molecular markers in the laboratory, we will be able to collect sufficient samples to answer fundamental questions of marten and fox ecology and their response to repatriating wolves to Isle Royale. Specific objectives include: 1) Analyze multi-locus genetic data that has already been collected over two field seasons from marten and fox scat samples to estimate abundance, recruitment, and survivorship of foxes and martens via genetic mark-recapture analyses. 2) Quantify diet of martens and foxes from previously collected hair samples for the analysis of stable isotopes to determine marten and fox proportional dietary inputs before and after wolf repatriation and pack coalescence. Analyze camera trap data to explore carrion use and foraging behavior of mesocarnviores. 3) Use documented presences of martens and foxes to develop multi-species and -season occupancy models to explore site-specific occupancy, local extinction and colonization and develop structural equation models to estimate the effect of wolf repatriation on the two other dominant carnivores of the island. 4) Collect a third year of data – scat samples (for genetics) and occupancy models to effectively analyze these data in a robust design framework (3 years of sampling needed to fulfill the robust design framework identified in objectives 1 & 4).
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