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Annual winter elk movements in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem 2001-2015

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Start Date
2001
End Date
2015

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Cross, P.C., Atwood, M.P., Beckmann, J.P., Cole, E.K., Courtemanch, A.B., Dewey, S.R., Drew, M.L., Gude, J.A., Kauffman, M.J., MacNulty, D.R., Middleton, A.D., Proffitt, K.M., Scurlock, B.M., Smith, D.W., Stahler, D.R., White, P.J., and Szcodronski, K.E., 2018, Annual winter elk movements in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem 2001-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9CN4X34.

Summary

521 unique elk were monitored across several years with GPS collars in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to determine winter-to-winter annual dispersal distances. There were a total of 704 annual movements. The dataset spans from 2001 to 2015. Annual movements were based on a single location in January or February and another location in the subsequent winter. An individual elk was included at most three times (once for each year) in the data. All elk were female, except one of the individuals in the dataset was a male. We included his movement in the analysis for completeness, but as there was only one male we chose not to directly model any differences in movement behavior between male and female elk.

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Purpose

Movement data were collected for management and research purposes related to elk space use, demography, and disease. Comparison of movement kernels across regions, years, and species would be appropriate uses of the data.

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  • Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/P9CN4X34

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