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Home range size variation in a recovering wolf population: evaluating the effect of environmental, demographic, and social factors

Mattisson, Jenny and Sand, Håkan and Wabakken, Petter and Gervasi, Vincenzo and Liberg, Olof and Linnell, John D C and Rauset, Geir Rune and Pedersen, Hans-Christian (2013). Home range size variation in a recovering wolf population: evaluating the effect of environmental, demographic, and social factors. Oecologia. 173:3, 813-825
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-013-2668-x

Abstract

Home range size in mammals is a key ecological trait and an important parameter in conservation planning, and has been shown to be influenced by ecological, demographic and social factors in animal populations. Information on space requirements is especially important for carnivore species which range over very large areas and often come into direct conflict with human interest. We used long-term telemetry-location data from a recovering wolf population in Scandinavia to investigate variation in home range size in relation to environmental and social characteristics of the different packs. Wolves showed considerable variation in home range size, which ranged from 259 to 1,676 km(2). Although wolf density increased fourfold during the study period, we found no evidence that intraspecific competition influenced range size. Local variation in moose density, which was the main prey for most packs, did not influence wolf home range size. Home ranges increased with latitude and elevation and decreased with increased roe deer density. Although prey biomass alone did not influence range size, our data suggest that there is a correlation between habitat characteristics, choice of prey species and possible hunting success, which currently combine to shape home range size in Scandinavian wolves.

Authors/Creators:Mattisson, Jenny and Sand, Håkan and Wabakken, Petter and Gervasi, Vincenzo and Liberg, Olof and Linnell, John D C and Rauset, Geir Rune and Pedersen, Hans-Christian
Title:Home range size variation in a recovering wolf population: evaluating the effect of environmental, demographic, and social factors
Series/Journal:Oecologia (1432-1939)
Year of publishing :2013
Volume:173
Number:3
Page range:813-825
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:Springer Verlag
ISSN:1432-1939
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L20 Animal ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Agrovoc terms:Canis lupus, Population density, Animal ecology
Keywords:Territory, Canis lupus, Prey density, Population density
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1927
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1927
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000325819700017
DOI10.1007/s00442-013-2668-x
ID Code:11144
Faculty:NL - Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (until 2013)
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:23 May 2014 11:17
Metadata Last Modified:07 Feb 2016 11:32

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