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Dr. Julie K. Young


Julie Young

Dr. Julie Young is the Field Station and Project Leader for the Predator Ecology & Behavioral Applications Project in Logan, UT. Her research focuses on behavior, ecology, and management of carnivores, utilizing wild and captive carnivore populations to understand and reduce human-wildlife conflict. She also has an appointment as 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

  • Urban coyotes and conflict
  • Livestock protection dogs and wolves
  • Intraguild competition between coyotes and mountain lions and the ecological relationship with mule deer
  • Impacts of coyotes on sage-grouse nest success and hen survival
  • Best Management Practices for trapping


  • 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

Guanaco study in Chile; African Wild Dog reintroduction biologist; sea lion behavioral and population ecology research in Baja, Mexico

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:


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Baeten, L. A., R. Pappert, J. Young, M. E. Schriefer, T. Gidlewski, D. Kohler, and R.A. Bowen. 2013. Immunological and clinical response of coyotes (Canis latrans) to experimental inoculation with Yersinia pestis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(4):932-939. doi:10.7589/2013-02-040.

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.


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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