Coyote Attacks on Humans, 1970-2015: Implications for Reducing the Risks
| Contributor(s):: Marcy Wilhelm-South, Rex O. Baker, Robert M. Timm
Beginning with the emerging pattern of urban and suburban coyotes (Canis latrans) attacking humans in southern California in the late 1970s, we analyzed information from reported attacks to better understand the factors contributing to changes in coyote behavior. We subsequently used updated...
Protein expression and genetic variability of canine Can f 1 in golden and Labrador retriever service dogs
| Contributor(s):: Breitenbuecher, C., Belanger, J. M., Levy, K., Mundell, P., Fates, V., Gershony, L., Famula, T. R., Oberbauer, A. M.
Background: Valued for trainability in diverse tasks, dogs are the primary service animal used to assist individuals with disabilities. Despite their utility, many people in need of service dogs are sensitive to the primary dog allergen, Can f 1, encoded by the Lipocalin 1 gene (LCN1). Several...
Exploring the differences between pet and non-pet owners: Implications for human-animal interaction research and policy
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| Contributor(s):: Jessica Saunders, Layla Parast, Susan H. Babey, Jeremy V. Miles
There is conflicting evidence about whether living with pets results in better mental and physical health outcomes, with the majority of the empirical research evidence being inconclusive due to methodological limitations. We briefly review the research evidence, including the hypothesized...
California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) Can Follow Human Finger Points and Glances
| Contributor(s):: Thomas Arkwright, Raphaelle Malassis, Toby Carter, Fabienne Delfour
The aim of this study was to determine whether California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are capable of using subtle human gestural cues in a series of object choice tests. Four sea lions, housed at Parc Astérix Dolphinarium (Plailly, France), were tested using three gestural cues:...
Distance-dependent effectiveness of diversionary bear bait sites
| Contributor(s):: Stringham, Stephen F., Bryant, Ann
Avian diets in a saline ecosystem: Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA
| Contributor(s):: Roberts, Anthony J.
Movements, habitat selection, associations, and survival of giant Canada goose broods in central Tennessee
| Contributor(s):: Dunton, E. M., Combs, D. L.
Preliminary investigation of food guarding behavior in shelter dogs in the United States
| Contributor(s):: Mohan-Gibbons, H., Weiss, E., Slater, M.
A survey given to animal shelters across the US reported food bowl guarding as one of the most common reasons for euthanasia and only 34% attempted to modify this guarding behavior. This study identified 96 dogs that guarded their food bowl during an assessment, and then placed them into a home...
Risk factors for dog relinquishment to a Los Angeles municipal animal shelter
| Contributor(s):: Dolan, E. D., Scotto, J., Slater, M., Weiss, E.
Dog relinquishment is a large component of shelter intake in the United States. Research has shown traits of the dog are associated with relinquishment as well as general characteristics of those relinquishing. Low income is often cited as a risk factor for relinquishment. The majority of people...
Voices from behind prison walls: the impact of training service dogs on women in prison
| Contributor(s):: Minton, C. A., Perez, P. R., Miller, K.
This study investigated the effects that training service dogs had on women in a multi-level security prison in California. Through semi-structured interviews, the inmates discussed the challenges and benefits of involvement in this program. The findings suggested that participation in training...
The Reasonable Pet: An Examination of the Enforcement of Restrictions in California Common Interest Developments After Nahrstedt v. Lakeside Village Condominium Ass'n, Inc.
| Contributor(s):: Daniel R. Puterbaugh
Thirty-two million Americans live in common interest developments (CIDs);1 this amounts to one out of eight U.S. residents.2 Of those thirty-two million, nearly one-fifth are in California,3 representing a full twenty percent of the state'spopulation.4 Further, given the popularity...
Effects of Ocean Recreational Users on Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Santa Monica Bay, California
| Contributor(s):: Amber D. Fandel, Maddalena Bearzi, Taylor C. Cook
Coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been observed in proximity to swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders and surfers along near-shore corridors in the Santa Monica Bay, California. From 1997 to 2012, a total of 220 coastal boat-based focal follows of dolphin schools were...
For the Love of Dog: California Fully Enforces Trusts for Pet Animals
| Contributor(s):: Christina M. Eastman
For many in the United States, pets are companions, members of the family, and sometimes even replacements for children. Given this heightened status in American society, it is not surprising that many pet owners choose to include their pets as beneficiaries in testamentary...
Considering companion animals an examination of companion animal policies in California domestic violence shelters
| Contributor(s):: Komorosky, D., Woods, D. R., Empie, K.
A growing body of literature has shown the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty, resulting in a shift in the way family violence and those who are victims of abuse are considered. There are approximately 700 shelters across the nation protecting women and their children from domestic...
Perceived effects of dog-training programmes in correctional settings
| Contributor(s):: Cooke, Barbara J., Farrington, David P.
Registrations of Assistance Dogs in California for Identification Tags: 1999-2012
| Contributor(s):: Yamamoto, Mariko Y., Lopez, Mayllynne T., States of, America
Explaining prehistoric variation in the abundance of large prey: a zooarchaeological analysis of deer and rabbit hunting along the Pecho Coast of Central California
| Contributor(s):: Brian F. Codding, Judith F. Porcasi, Terry L. Jones
Three main hypotheses are commonly employed to explain diachronic variation in the relative abundance of remains of large terrestrial herbivores: (1) large prey populations decline as a function of anthro pogenic overexploitation; (2) large prey tends to increase as a result of increasing social...
Notes from the field: fatal rat-bite Fever in a child - San Diego County, California, 2013
| Contributor(s):: Adam, Jessica K., Varan, Aiden K., Pong, Alice L., McDonald, Eric C.
Nurse coordinates dog therapy program
| Contributor(s):: Childers, Linda
Tribes unite in fight for condor remains
| Contributor(s):: Maccgregor-Villareal, Mary