Skip to Main Content
When to slow down: elk residency rates on a heterogeneous landscapeAuthor(s): Dean P. Anderson; James D. Forester; Monica G. Turner
Source: Journal of Mammalogy. 89(1): 105-114.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
PDF: View PDF (305.3 KB)
DescriptionIt remains unclear if patterns of habitat use are driven by animals moving to and increasing residency time in selected areas, or by animals simply returning frequently to selected areas. We studied a population of North American elk (Cervus elaphus) in the Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin, to examine how spatial and temporal factors influence residency time in localized areas. We used global positioning system telemetry data from 7 elk and addressed 2 questions. First, does residency time vary as a function of spatial and temporal factors and if so does that relationship vary with measurement scale? Second, can residency time in the summer be predicted by a resource-selection map previously constructed for this population? Cross validation demonstrated that the statistical models had very poor predictive strength of independent data, which indicates that the explanatory variables have very little influence on elk residency time.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationAnderson, Dean P.; Forester, James D.; Turner, Monica G. 2008. When to slow down: elk residency rates on a heterogeneous landscape. Journal of Mammalogy. 89(1): 105-114.
KeywordsCanis lupus, Cervus elaphus, cross validation, heterogeneity, life-history strategies, predation, resource selection
- Logistic regression accuracy across different spatial and temporal scales for a wide-ranging species, the marbled murrelet
- Behavior and nutritional condition buffer a large-bodied endotherm against direct and indirect effects of climate
- Modeling animal movements using stochastic differential equations
XML: View XML