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Testing a Mahalanobis distance model of black bear habitat use in the Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma

Journal of Wildlife Management

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DOI: 10.2193/2006-031

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Abstract

Regional wildlife-habitat models are commonly developed but rarely tested with truly independent data. We tested a published habitat model for black bears {Ursus americanus) with new data collected in a different site in the same ecological region (i.e., Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma, USA). We used a Mahalanobis distance model developed from relocations of black bears in Arkansas to produce a map layer of Mahalanobis distances on a study area in neighboring Oklahoma. We tested this modeled map layer with relocations of black bears on the Oklahoma area. The distributions of relocations of female black bears were consistent with model predictions. We conclude that this modeling approach can be used to predict regional suitability for a species of interest.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Testing a Mahalanobis distance model of black bear habitat use in the Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
DOI:
10.2193/2006-031
Volume
71
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
924
Last page:
928