Young, Julie

Dr. Julie K. Young

Julie Young

Dr. Young's research focuses on behavior, ecology, and management of carnivores.  The research utilizes wild and captive mammalian carnivore populations to understand and reduce human-wildlife conflict.  She is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University.

NWRC Research ProjectPredator Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Intraguild interactions
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Nonlethal management tools


Current Research

  • Cougar-coyote population dynamics, behavior, and space use
  • Efficacy of livestock protection dogs against wolves
  • Ecology of urban bobcats
  • Captive behavior and post-release success of orphaned and rehabilitated black bears
  • Spatial discounting in coyotes
  • Environmental enrichment for captive canids 

Education

  • Ph.D., Utah State University, Wildlife Ecology
  • M.S., Iowa State University, Animal Ecology
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, Wildlife and Fisheries Science
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, Park, Recreation, and Tourism Sciences


International Experience

  • Mongolia – Mongolian saiga space use and population estimates; impact of feral and free-roaming dogs on native wildlife
  • Mexico – California sea lion behavior, space use, genetics, and population dynamics
  • South Africa – introduction of African Wild Dogs and intraguild interactions
  • Chile – territorial fidelity of male guanacos

Contact Information

  • Address: NWRC-Predator Research Facility, USU-BNR 163, Logan, Utah 84325-5295
  • Telephone: 435-797-1348
  • Fax: 435-797-0288
  • Email: Julie.K.Young@aphis.usda.gov   

    
Selected Publications:

2017

Mahoney, P.J. and J.K. Young. 2017. Uncovering behavioural states from animal activity and site fidelity patterns. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:174-183.  doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12658

Mech, L.D., C.S. Asa, M. Callahan, B.W. Christensen, F. Smith, and J.K. Young. 2017. Studies of wolf x coyote hybridization via artificial insemination. PLoS ONE 12(9):e0184342. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184342

Poessel, S.A., E.M. Gese, and J.K. Young. 2017. Environmental factors influencing the occurrence of coyotes and conflicts in urban areas. Landscape and Urban Planning 157:259-269. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.05.022

Schell, C., J.K. Young, E.V. Lonsdorf, J.M. Mateo, R.M. Santymire. 2017. Investigation of techniques to measure cortisol and testosterone concentrations in coyote hair. Zoo Biology 36:220-225. doi: 10.1002/zoo.21359

Taylor, J.D., R.D. Holt, E.K. Orning, and J.K. Young. 2017. Greater sage-grouse nest survival in Northwestern Wyoming. The Journal of Wildlife Management. Online. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21296

2016

Poessel, S.A., E.M. Gese, and J.K. Young. 2017. Environmental factors influencing the occurrence of coyotes and conflicts in urban areas. Landscape and Urban Planning 157:259-269.  doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.05.022 

Gordon, I.J., R. Altwegg, D.M. Evans, J.G. Ewen, J.A. Johnson, N. Pettorelli, and J.K. Young. 2016. Reducing agricultural loss and food waste: how will nature fare? Animal Conservation. doi: 10.1111/acv.12290  

Schell, C.J., J.K. Young, E.V. Lonsdorf, J.M. Mateo, and R.M. Santymire. 2016. Olfactory attractants and parity affect prenatal androgens and territoriality of coyote breeding pairs. Physiology & Behavior 165:43-54.  doi: 10.1016/jphysbeh.2016.06.038  

Johnson, J.A., R. Altwegg, D.M. Evans, J.G. Ewen, I.J. Gordon, N. Pettorelli, and J.K. Young. 2016.  Is there a future for genome-editing technologies in conservation? Animal Conservation 19:97-101.  doi: 10.1111/acv.12273

Hopken, M.W., E.K. Orning, J.K. Young, and A.J. Piaggio. 2016. Molecular forensics in avian conservation: a DNA-based approach for identifying mammalian predators of ground-nesting birds and eggs. BMC Research Notes 9:14.  doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1797-1

Young, J.K. 2016. Modifying M-44s to reduce risk of activation by swift fox. Wildlife Society Bulletin 40(4):800-805.  doi: 10.1002/wsb.719

2015

Young, J.K., M. Mahe, and S. Breck. 2015. Evaluating behavioral syndromes in coyotes (Canis latrans). Journal of Ethology 33(2):137-144.  doi: 10.1007/s10164-015-0422-z  

Young, J.K., E. Miller, and A. Essex. 2015. Evaluating fladry designs to improve utility as a nonlethal management tool to reduce livestock depredation. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39(2):429-433.  doi: 10.1002/wsb.531

Young, J.K. and J.S. Green. 2015. Predator damage control chapter. In: Sheep Production Handbook. American Sheep Industry Association, Inc. Englewood, CO, USA. 2015 Edition, Vol. 8. Pgs. 901-944.  

Young, J.K., Z. Ma, A. Laudati, and J. Berger. 2015. Human-carnivore interactions: Lessons learned from communities in the American West. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 20:349-366.  doi: 10.1080/10871209.2015.1016388

2014

MacLean E.L., B. Hare, C.L. Nunn, E. Addessi, F. Amici, R.C. Anderson, F. Aureli, J.M. Baker, A.E. Bania, A.M. Barnard, N.J. Boogert, E.M. Brannon, E.E. Bray, J. Bray, L.J.N. Brent, J.M. Burkart, J. Call, J.F. Cantlon, L.G. Cheke, N.S. Clayton, M.M. Delgado, L.J. DiVincenti, K. Fujita, E. Herrmann, C. Hiramatsu, L.F. Jacobs, K.E. Jordan, J.R. Laude, K.L. Leimgruber, E.J.E. Messer, A.C. de A. Moura, L. Ostojić, A. Picard, M.L. Platt, J.M. Plotnik, F. Range, S.M. Reader, R.B. Reddy, A.A. Sandel, L.R. Santos, K. Schumann, A.M. Seed, K.B. Sewall, R.C. Shaw, K.E. Slocombe, Y. Su, A.Takimoto, J. Tan, R. Tao, C.P. van Schaik, Z. Virányi, E. Visalberghi, J.C. Wade, A. Watanabe, J. Widness, J.K. Young, T.R. Zentall, Y. Zhao. 2014. The evolution of self-control. PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) 111(20):E2140-E2148.  doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323533111

Miller, E.A., J.K. Young, S. Stelting, and B.A. Kimball. 2014. Efficacy of Ropel® as a coyote (Canis latrans) repellent. Human-Wildlife Interactions 8(2):271-278.

Mahamane, S., K. Grunig, J. Baker, J.K. Young, K. Jordan. 2014.  Memory-based quantity discrimination in coyotes (Canis latrans). Animal Behavior and Cognition 1(3):341-351.  doi: 10.12966/abc.08.09.2014

Buuveibaatar, B., T.K. Fuller, J.K. Young, and J. Berger. 2014. Calving location selection patterns of saiga antelope in Mongolia. Journal of Zoology 294:241-247.  doi: 10.1111/jzo.12174.

Berentsen, A.R., S.P. Brummer, J.K. Young, and K.C. VerCauteren. 2014. Evaluation of six ONRAB® Ultralite bait flavor matrices delivered to coyotes (Canis latrans): Implications for oral rabies vaccination.  Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research 9:258-261.   doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2014.05.004.

Curtis, J.A., L.E. Flint, A.L. Flint, J.D. Lundquist, B. Hudgens, E.E. Boydston, and J.K. Young. 2014. Incorporating cold-air pooling into downscaled climate models increases potential refugia for snow-dependent species within the Sierra Nevada ecoregion, CA. PLoS One 9(9):e106984. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106984.

Poessel, S.A., E.M. Gese, and J.K. Young. 2014. Influence of habitat structure and food on patch choice of captive coyotes . Applied Animal Behaviour Science 157:127-136. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.05.001.

Mahamane, S., K. Grunig, J. Baker, J.K. Young, K. Jordan. 2014.  Memory-based quantity discrimination in coyotes (Canis latrans). Animal Behavior and Cognition 1(3):341-351.

MacLean E.L., B. Hare, C.L. Nunn, E. Addessi, F. Amici, R.C. Anderson, F. Aureli, J.M. Baker, A.E. Bania, A.M. Barnard, N.J. Boogert, E.M. Brannon, E.E. Bray, J. Bray, L.J.N. Brent, J.M. Burkart, J. Call, J.F. Cantlon, L.G. Cheke, N.S. Clayton, M.M. Delgado, L.J. DiVincenti, K. Fujita, E. Herrmann, C. Hiramatsu, L.F. Jacobs, K.E. Jordan, J.R. Laude, K.L. Leimgruber, E.J.E. Messer, A.C. de A. Moura, L. Ostojić, A. Picard, M.L. Platt, J.M. Plotnik, F. Range, S.M. Reader, R.B. Reddy, A.A. Sandel, L.R. Santos, K. Schumann, A.M. Seed, K.B. Sewall, R.C. Shaw, K.E. Slocombe, Y. Su, A.Takimoto, J. Tan, R. Tao, C.P. van Schaik, Z. Virányi, E. Visalberghi, J.C. Wade, A. Watanabe, J. Widness, J.K. Young, T.R. Zentall, Y. Zhao. 2014. The evolution of self-control. PNAS. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323533111

Mech, L.D., B.W. Christensen, C.S. Asa, M. Callahan, J.K. Young. 2014. Production of hybrids between western gray wolves and western coyotes. PloS One 9(2): e88861. doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0088861.

Shivik, J.A., L. Mastro, J.K. Young. 2014. Animal attendance at M-44 sodium cyanide ejector sites for coyotes. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:217–220.

2013

Buuveibaatar, B., T.K. Fuller, A.E. Fine, B. Chimeddorj, J.K. Young, and J. Berger. 2013. Changes in grouping patterns of saiga antelope in relation to intrinsic and environmental factors in Mongolia. Journal of Zoology 291:51-58. doi: 10.1111/jzo.12045.

Buuveibaatar, B., J. K. Young, J. Berger, A. E. Fine, B. Lkhagvasuren, P. Zahler, and T. K. Fuller. 2013. Factors affecting survival and cause-specific mortality of saiga calves in Mongolia. Journal of Mammalogy 94:127-136.

Schell, C.J., J.K. Young, E.V. Lonsdorf, and R.M. Santymire. 2013. Anthropogenic and physiologically induced stress responses in captive coyotes. Journal of Mammalogy 94(5): 1131-1140. doi: 10.1644/13-MAMM-A-001.1.

2012

Mastro, L.L., E.M. Gese, J.K. Young, and J.A. Shivik. 2012. Coyote (Canis latrans), 100+ years in the East: A literature review. Addendum to Proceedings of the Wildlife Damage Management Conference. 14: 180 p.

Mastro, L.L., E.M. Gese, J.K. Young, and J.A. Shivik. 2012. What do we know? A literature review of the Eastern coyote. Proceedings of the Wildlife Damage Management Conference 14: 129-131.

Riley, S.P., Young, J.K., and S. Gehrt. 2012. Assessment of human-coyote conflicts: City and County of Broomfield, Colorado, final report. Broomfield, CO. 38 p.

Young, J.K., B. Hudgens, and D.K. Garcelon. 2012. Estimates of energy and prey requirements of wolverines. Northwest Science 86(3): 221-229.

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