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Human activities and weather drive contact rates of wintering elk

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William M Janousek, Tabitha A Graves, Ethan (Contractor) E Berman, Geneva W Chong, Eric K. Cole, Sarah R. Dewey, Aaron N Johnston, and Paul C Cross, 2021-01-25, Human activities and weather drive contact rates of wintering elk: Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Wildlife aggregation patterns can influence disease transmission. However, limited research evaluates the influence of anthropogenic and natural factors on aggregation. Many managers would like to reduce wildlife contact rates, driven by aggregation, to limit disease transmission. We develop a novel analytical framework to quantify how management activities such as supplemental feeding and hunting versus weather drive contact rates while accounting for correlated contacts. We apply the framework to the National Elk Refuge (NER), Wyoming, USA, where the probable arrival of chronic wasting disease (CWD) has magnified concerns. We used a daily proximity index to measure contact rates among 68 global positioning system collared elk from [...]

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • North Central CASC

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