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Dr. Julie 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:   


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