Landscape Ecology

, Volume 20, Issue 8, pp 1003–1012

The Influence of Landscape Structure on Female Roe Deer Home-range Size

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10980-005-7518-8

Cite this article as:
Saïd, S. & Servanty, S. Landscape Ecol (2005) 20: 1003. doi:10.1007/s10980-005-7518-8

Abstract

Animal distribution and abundance are greatly affected by the availability of their food resources, which also depends on landscape structure. Lothar hurricane in 1999 had profoundly modified the structure of the forests in France, affecting the habitat quality of ungulates. We tested whether the variations in home-range size of 23 female roe deer were influenced by the fragmentation of the landscape caused by Lothar in the Chizé forest, namely by the increase in heterogeneity associated with the localized massive tree felling. Home-range size was studied in the summers of 2001 and 2002 and we found that variation in home-range size was mainly explained by only one landscape variable: edge density. Home-range size decreased as edge density increased, which is consistent with the fact that edges are good browsing habitats for roe deer. The result of this study suggests that, after 2 years, the hurricane had improved the quality of the home ranges by creating more forest heterogeneity and increasing the contacts between the different vegetation patches within the home range. These results highlight the fact that spatial heterogeneity is likely to be a key factor influencing the distribution and local population density.

Keywords

Capreolus capreolus Edge density Generalized linear mixed model Landscape structure 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS-CEBCUPR 1934Beauvoir sur NiortFrance
  2. 2.Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune SauvageCentre National d’Etudes et de Recherches Appliquées sur les Cervidés-SangliersParisFrance
  3. 3.Unité Mixte de Recherche 5558Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1Villeurbanne CedexFrance

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