Adam Dillon

Adam Dillon
PhD Candidate, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University

For thousands of years, the endemic Island fox roamed the northern California Channel Islands free from predators, but in the 1990’s golden eagles became established and caused a 95% decline in the fox population. The causes of golden eagle establishment were multiple, ranging from local avian extinction due to DDT and human-aided establishment of invasive species. This decline initiated an Island fox recovery project consisting of captive fox breeding; golden eagle, pig and sheep removal; and bald eagle reintroduction. My research focuses on estimating the population trend of foxes following the removal of non-native vertebrates to determine their recovery status.

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Department of Fish Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Warner College of Natural Resources