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Elk Home Range - American - 2005-2008, 2015-2017 [ds3111]

Metadata Updated: March 30, 2024

The project lead for the collection of this data was Bob Stafford. Elk (9 adult females, 5 adult males) from the American herd were captured and equipped with Lotek GPS collars (LifeCycle 800 GlobalStar/ GPS3300L, Lotek Wireless, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) and ATS GPS collars (G2000, Advanced Telemetry Systems, Isanti, Minnesota, USA), transmitting data from 2005-2008 and 2015-2017. The study area was within the La Panza Elk Management Unit, northeast of State Highway 166 and largely residing within Carrizo Plain National Monument and Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve. The American herd contains short distance, elevation-based movements likely due to seasonal habitat conditions, but this herd does not migrate between traditional summer and winter seasonal ranges. Instead, the herd displays a residential pattern, slowly moving up or down elevational gradients. Therefore, annual home ranges were modeled using year-round data to demarcate high use areas in lieu of modeling the specific winter ranges commonly seen in other ungulate analyses in California. GPS locations were fixed at 11-13 hour intervals in the dataset. To improve the quality of the data set as per Bjørneraas et al. (2010), the GPS data were filtered prior to analysis to remove locations which were: i) further from either the previous point or subsequent point than an individual elk is able to travel in the elapsed time, ii) forming spikes in the movement trajectory based on outgoing and incoming speeds and turning angles sharper than a predefined threshold , or iii) fixed in 2D space and visually assessed as a bad fix by the analyst. The methodology used for this analysis allowed for the mapping of the herd’s annual range based on a small sample. Brownian Bridge Movement Models (BBMMs; Sawyer et al. 2009) were constructed with GPS collar data from 11 elk in total, including 20 year-long sequences, location, date, time, and average location error as inputs in Migration Mapper to assess annual range. Annual range BBMMs were produced at a spatial resolution of 50 m using a sequential fix interval of less than 27 hours and a fixed motion variance of 1000. Population-level annual range designations for this herd may expand with a larger sample, filling in some of the gaps between high-use annual range polygons in the map. Annual range is visualized as the 50th percentile contour (high use) and the 99th percentile contour of the year-round utilization distribution.

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Metadata Created Date August 12, 2023
Metadata Updated Date March 30, 2024

Metadata Source

Harvested from State of California

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date August 12, 2023
Metadata Updated Date March 30, 2024
Publisher California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Identifier 9ff0bdc6-4d43-442f-9e95-be262db8a77e
Data First Published 2023-06-27T16:50:26.000Z
Data Last Modified 2023-06-27T16:50:28.906Z
Category Natural Resources, Water
Public Access Level public
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Harvest Source Title State of California
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash a750f30caf3120bbee804417afc57e2f871f6628a7a472a23d070da94e99b02b
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