As a preliminary study, we used the GPS location data (May - September 2004) from one wolf collar to determine the feasibility of determining summer predation patterns from GPS locations. Potential kill sites were identified from GPS clusters having = 2 points that were = 200 m apart. Of the 25 GPS clusters sites investigated, we found evidence of a large mammal predation event at 40% of the sites. The probability of a large mammal predation event being present at a GPS cluster site increased with the number of days a wolf spent at the cluster (P = 0.024) and decreased if the cluster had been revisited over a number of non-consecutive days (P = 0.018). Developing techniques that link GPS collar technology and animal behaviour could be important to increase our understanding of complex systems for the benefit of conservation and management efforts.
Prepared by Shannon Stotyn for Downie Street Sawmills Ltd.
Stotyn, Shannon A.. 2005. Determining wolf summer predation patterns using GPS cluster analysis: a preliminary report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2005MR069
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA)
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