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Using GPS Technology to Understand Spatial and Temporal Activity of Kangaroos in a Peri-Urban Environment

By Timothy Henderson, Karl Vernes, Gerhard Kortner, Rajanathan Rajaratnam

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Kangaroo–human conflict is increasing in the peri-urban communities of the New South Wales (NSW) north coast in Australia. A way to assist in managing this conflict is to improve our understanding on the ecology of kangaroos in the peri-urban environment. We utilized modern Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to track adult male kangaroo movements in a peri-urban housing estate at Coffs Harbour, Australia, using both collars and temporary glue-on devices. We also assessed the effectiveness of the glue-on devices, which do not require animal recapture for device retrieval. Kangaroos remained predominately within the residential area and moved over short distances with small movement speeds. Movement activity peaked from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., coinciding with daily residential activities such as driving to work, putting children on the school bus, hanging out the washing, and putting bins on the street. In addition, the temporary glue-on devices were effective in gaining information on spatial and temporal activity on a day-by-day basis, despite having short deployment lengths.

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Katie Osborn

Publication Title Animals
Volume 8
Issue 6
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8060097
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/6/97
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Timothy Henderson; Karl Vernes; Gerhard Kortner; Rajanathan Rajaratnam (2018), "Using GPS Technology to Understand Spatial and Temporal Activity of Kangaroos in a Peri-Urban Environment," http://habricentral.org/resources/62963.

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Tags
  1. activity pattern
  2. Ecology
  3. Kangaroos
  4. Movement
  5. Nature
  6. open access
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. Physical environment
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  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed