Scale-dependent drivers of ungulate patch use along a temporal and spatial gradient of snow depth
Abstract:Anthropogenic changes in landscape composition or configuration have the potential to increase the abundance of generalist species, often resulting in cascading effects on other trophic levels and ecosystem function. The selection or utilization of individual patches of habitat, however, may vary in both time and space, as a result of patch and landscape attributes as well as dynamic abiotic factors (i.e., snowfall). We hypothesized that the use of high-quality habitat would be most strongly influenced by snow at local scales and by composition and the configuration of the landscape at greater spatial scales. To test this, we examined white-tailed deer (
Keywords: FRAGSTATS; Upper Peninsula of Michigan; cerf de Virginie (Odocoileus virginianus); couverture hivernale; eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis); generalized linear model; habitat selection; modèle linéaire généralisé; pruche du Canada (Tsuga canadensis); péninsule nord du Michigan; sélection d’habitat; white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus); winter cover
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA. 2: Mathematical Sciences, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA.
Publication date: August 11, 2012
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