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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



  • 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:


Bayarbaatar, B., J.K. Young, J. Berger, T.K. Fuller. 2014. Calving site selection patterns of saiga antelope in Mongolia. Journal of Zoology. 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.


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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