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Puma concolor GPS Telemetry and Path Identification Index (2003-2013), Southwest Region, USA

Data for journal manuscript: Quantifying animal movement for caching foragers: the path identification index (PII) and cougars, Puma concolor


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Ironside, K.E., 2019, Puma concolor GPS Telemetry and Path Identification Index (2003-2013), Southwest Region, USA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Capture, GPS-collar tagging, and release of cougars was conducted in northern Arizona and southern Utah and Nevada, USA, from 2003 to 2013 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service (Northern Arizona University IACUC Protocol # 02-082-R4), resulting in GPS-tracking and monitoring of study animal activities. This data set includes six individuals that met three criteria: 1) few missing data (≥ 85% fix success rate), 2) long periods of continuous monitoring, with a minimum of 1000 observations, and 3) established home range with no evidence of dispersal. It includes four females (C04, AS02, P26, and C07) and two males (Z04 and AS07), ranging in age from 1.5 – 4 years in age. Two females (C04 and AS02) denned during observation, [...]


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Terrestrial large mammal studies utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS) telemetry data can be difficult to interpret. We developed a method of quantifying animal movement from these repeat observations using four movement metrics and a partial sums index. We smoothed the index using a centered moving average where the temporal window size was determined from the mean temporal auto correlation found in the index (15 observations). The smoothed index was classified as directed, search, and cache types of movements. Field data collected at locations were compared to the classification system to evaluate the Path Identification Index's (PII) usefulness in identifying study animal activities based on their movement patterns.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9A93HRF

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