Linking wildlife distributions to features of National Park Landscapes: a model of elk distribution for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Effects of large herbivores on park vegetation and other wildlife are a priority management concern for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota. Effects of elk are of particular concern because the population currently exceeds management objectives by >2 times and has historically increased by 20-36% annually (Sargeant, G. A., and M. W. Oehler. 2007. Dynamics of newly established elk populations. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1141-1148). Knowledge of elk distribution and its relation to landscape features (e.g., vegetation, topography, roads and trails, centers of human activity) is a pre-requisite for 1)assessing effects OF elk on other park resources (e.g., for targeting sampling of range vegetation) and 2) evaluating and predicting effects of park management (e.g., roads, trails, prescribed burning) ON elk. This study will provide that knowledge and support general improv [see Narratives for more information.]

Principal Investigator(s):

Glen A Sargeant

Project Status:

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