Movement patterns of animals are varied, complex, and can be influenced by environmental and anthropogenic factors. One form of animal movement, migration, is influenced by environmental factors that alter the timing, duration, intensity, and likelihood of migration. Additionally, features of the landscape, both natural and anthropogenic, can alter how animals move through their seasonal and home ranges. Movement patterns can be impeded or prevented by features such as railroads, rivers, and roads. Here we explore characteristics of elk (Cervus canadensis) migration by evaluating the strategies of migration exhibited and the factors that influence migration of elk in central and eastern Utah. In addition we determine landscape features that act as barriers to movement of elk. In the first chapter, we characterize migration of elk, and examine the influence of environmental factors have on the propensity and intensity of migration. In the second chapter, we determine barriers to movement and if the identified barriers could be better used as management area boundaries.
College and Department
Life Sciences; Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Watkins, Levi, "Migration of Elk (Cervus canadensis) and Barriers to Movement" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 9909.
landscape features, management, boundaries, seasonal movement