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Elk GPS collar data in southern GYE 2007-2015


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Merkle, J.A., Cross, P.C., Scurlock, B.M., Cole, E.K., Courtemanch, A.B., Dewey, S.R., Kauffman, M.J., and Szcodronski, K.E., 2017, Elk movement and predicted number of brucellosis-induced abortion events in the southern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (1993-2015): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


288 adult and yearling female elk were captured on 22 Wyoming winter supplemental elk feedgrounds and monitored with GPS collars during the brucellosis risk period (February – July) from 2007 to 2015. There were 4 to 64 individual elk per feedground and each elk was monitored for 1 to 2 years. Here we provide the unique identifier for each individual elk, the GPS location of the elk, the date/time stamp of the GPS location, and the feedground the elk was captured on in Wyoming.


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These data were collected to assess the risk of brucellosis transmission between elk and cattle in this system. One of the major issues in assessing risk is understanding and predicting the space use of elk and how that is a function of weather conditions. Elk space use studies and how they may change over time are appropriate uses of the data. Actual brucellosis risk to cattle may change over time as elk populations and disease prevalence varies. The information we provide are based on data collected up to 2015, but may not be accurate as conditions change over time.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7474803

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