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Identification of functional corridors with movement characteristics of brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Landscape Ecology

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DOI: 10.1007/s10980-007-9082-x

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Abstract

We identified primary habitat and functional corridors across a landscape using Global Positioning System (GPS) collar locations of brown bears (Ursus arctos). After deriving density, speed, and angular deviation of movement, we classified landscape function for a group of animals with a cluster analysis. We described areas with high amounts of sinuous movement as primary habitat patches and areas with high amounts of very directional, fast movement as highly functional bear corridors. The time between bear locations and scale of analysis influenced the number and size of corridors identified. Bear locations should be collected at intervals ???6 h to correctly identify travel corridors. Our corridor identification technique will help managers move beyond the theoretical discussion of corridors and linkage zones to active management of landscape features that will preserve connectivity. ?? 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Identification of functional corridors with movement characteristics of brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Series title:
Landscape Ecology
DOI:
10.1007/s10980-007-9082-x
Volume
22
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Landscape Ecology
First page:
765
Last page:
772
Number of Pages:
8