Date of Award

11-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Wolverine movements, habitat preferences, GPS

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Steven Hicks

Abstract

Wolverine research in the contiguous United States is not abundant and understanding of the ecology of this species is not fully understood in this ecosystem. Specifically lacking in research is data regarding wolverine movements. This paucity of data and analysis inhibits the ability to effectively develop and implement conservation and management strategies. This paper seeks to identify patterns and habitat preferences of wolverines with respect to their movements. Specifically, do they avoid roads and clear-cuts zones from timber harvest and do they display a preference to topography features during movements? Using GPS locations of wolverines a regression analysis was applied. We found that roads, clear cuts, slope or aspect do not influence wolverine movements in this study area.

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