The influence of a hiking trail and the edge of a surrounding beech forest on the diurnal habitat use patterns of the Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica) was studied within montane pastures of a protected area during a mild winter. Habitat selection significantly increased as the distance from these two landscape features increased, a greater range of variation being found for the trail. To test their combined influence, 7 non-overlapping sectors were delineated. The most avoided sector was <100 m from both the trail and the forest and the most selected part was located between 200 and 300 m from the trail and >100 m from the forest, where the mean group size peaked at 18. The negative influence of the edge of the beech forest was counterbalanced when Pyrenean chamois were at a distance >300 m from the trail, the number of groups there being the highest.
|Publication Title||Applied Animal Behaviour Science|
|Author Address||Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Institut de Recherche sur les Grands Mammiferes, C.R.A. Toulouse, BP 27, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan Cedex, France.|
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