Utilisation of the terrain by wisents in Bieszczady Mountains

Authors

  • Kajetan Perzanowski Carpathian Wildlife Research Station, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, Ustrzyki Dolne, Poland
  • Maciej Januszczak Carpathian Wildlife Research Station, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, Ustrzyki Dolne
  • Aleksandra Wołoszyn-Gałęza Carpathian Wildlife Research Station, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, Ustrzyki Dolne

Keywords:

wisent, Bieszczady Mountains, terrain, habitat use

Abstract

Analysed were frequency of use and preferences of wisents (Bison bonasus L.), towards three selected categories of terrain features: valleys, slopes and mountain ridges in Bieszczady. The most frequented category, regardless of the season were slopes (almost 99%), and a tendency for avoidance has been found towards valleys (Ivlev’s index values: -0.88 in winter and -0.93 in summer). In summer, wisents were most frequently recorded at elevations between 550 – 849 m a.s.l. while in winter between 450 – 749 m a.s.l. There were no records of wisents’ presence in summer below 450 m a.s.l. and in winter above 949 m a.s.l. Posssible reasons for such habitat selection patterns were discussed.

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Published

2011-09-01

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Perzanowski, K., Januszczak, M., & Wołoszyn-Gałęza, A. (2011). Utilisation of the terrain by wisents in Bieszczady Mountains. European Bison Conservation Newsletter, 4, 5–12. Retrieved from https://ojs.wisent.org/index.php/czasopismo/article/view/125

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