Error in telemetry studies: Effects of animal movement on triangulation

Journal of Wildlife Management
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Abstract

We used Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the effects of animal movement on error of estimated animal locations derived from radio-telemetry triangulation of sequentially obtained bearings. Simulated movements of 0-534 m resulted in up to 10-fold increases in average location error but <10% decreases in location precision when observer-to-animal distances were <1,000 m. Location error and precision were minimally affected by censorship of poor locations with Chi-square goodness-of-fit tests. Location error caused by animal movement can only be eliminated by taking simultaneous bearings.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Error in telemetry studies: Effects of animal movement on triangulation
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
DOI 10.2307/3809666
Volume 54
Issue 3
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 506
Last page 510