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Wolverines in winter: Indirect habitat loss and functional responses to backcountry recreation

Publications Posted on: April 05, 2019
Outdoor recreation is increasingly recognized to impact nature and wildlife, yet few studies have examined recreation within large natural landscapes that are critical habitat to some of our most rare and potentially disturbance-sensitive species. Over six winters (2010-2015) and four study areas (> 1.1 million ha) in Idaho,Wyoming, and Montana, we studied the responses of wolverines (Gulo gulo) to backcountry winter recreation.

Winter sports and wildlife: Can Canada lynx and winter recreation share the same slope?

Pages Posted on: March 05, 2019
Winter recreation is a popular outdoor activity that is expected to increase in intensity. RMRS researchers and partners studied impacts of winter recreation on Canada lynx in Colorado. They used data from GPS devices carried by recreators to record their tracks and GPS collars to monitor movements of adult lynx to see how they overlapped. 

Winter sports and wildlife: Can Canada lynx and winter recreation share the same slope?

Documents and Media Posted on: February 27, 2019
When enjoying a beautiful day out snowmobiling or skiing in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains, you’re probably not spending a lot of time wondering if you are chasing the wildlife out of the area. But, based on what we know about recreation impacts, many wildlife species respond negatively to winter recreation. Human use of winter backcountry is on the rise in Colorado and all over the western United States, owing to both population increases and technological advancements in motorized and non-motorized recreation equipment. Consequently, it is important to know at what point recreational use of an area makes it unusable for wildlife, and sensitive wildlife species, in particular. ​ Document Type: Other Documents

Sharing the same slope: Behavioral responses of a threatened mesocarnivore to motorized and non-motorized winter recreation

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2018
Winter recreation is a widely popular activity and is expected to increase due to changes in recreation technology and human population growth. Wildlife are frequently negatively impacted by winter recreation, however, through displacement from habitat, alteration of activity patterns, or changes in movement behavior.

Study gauges the response of wolverines to winter recreation

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 14, 2016
Forest Service scientists and their research partners use a novel approach that includes trapping and fitting wolverines with GPS collars that accurately plot their movements in areas of high winter recreation. Thenvolunteer snowmobilers, back-country skiers, and other recreationists carry GPS units in the same areas used by wolverines. Resulting data show how wolverines respond to winter recreation in terms of their movements, behaviors, and resource-use.

Air quality at a snowmobile staging area and snow chemistry on and off trail in a Rocky Mountain subalpine forest, Snowy Range, Wyoming

Publications Posted on: August 18, 2016
A study was begun in the winter of 2000-2001 and continued through the winter of 2001-2002 to examine air quality at the Green Rock snowmobile staging area at 2,985 m elevation in the Snowy Range of Wyoming.