Date of Award

12-2013

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Etolin and Roosevelt Elk, habitat preferences, GIS, Afognak Island, Alaska

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Steven R. Hick

Abstract

Etolin and Roosevelt Elk were introduced to Afognak Island, Alaska in 1929 (State of Alaska, 2013). Due to the success of that introduction, Roosevelt Elk and Rocky Mountain Elk were subsequently introduced to Zarembo and Etolin Islands in Southeast Alaska in 1987. Due to the environment of Southeast Alaska, the ability to determine movements, trends, and habitat preferences are limited. In support of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), this project analyzes the d, Ahabitat preferences of the elk based upon data from global positioning systems. Locational data is analyzed for proximity to managed lands and considers proximity to fresh water and slope. Findings will be incorporated into ADF&G’s long term management of the elk and the managed areas.

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