Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Montana Wildlife
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Montana Wildlife Project

Fisher Occupancy, Habitat Needs, and Responses to Management in the Northern Rocky Mountains

October 2018 - June 2022


Participating Agencies

  • Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

A MS student will estimate the probability that potentially suitable habitat is occupied across the 3-state range of NRM fishers (occupancy estimate); estimate the influence of forest type, known fisher population centers, translocation history, and harvest/incidental mortality on fisher occupancy; and integrate survey design with the multi-state wolverine occupancy survey design, and coordinate field logistics with similar survey efforts by USFS staff in specific forest units.