Seasonal Resource Selection and Distributional Response by Elk to Development of a Natural Gas Field C Buchanan, JL Beck, TE Bills, SN Miller - Rangeland Ecology & Management, 2014

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Seasonal Resource Selection and Distributional Response by Elk to Development of a Natural Gas Field C Buchanan, JL Beck, TE Bills, SN Miller - Rangeland Ecology & Management, 2014
...  during development elk selected areas with greater Rocky Mountain juniper cover, increased terrain ruggedness, and farther from CBNG roads than prior to development. Elk distributional changes resulting from avoidance behavior lead to a loss of high use areas by 43.1% and 50.2% in summer and winter, respectively. We suggest reducing traffic, protecting woody escape cover, and maintaining refugia within the energy development footprint to promote persistence of elk within energy fields.


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