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Neonatal Elk Habitat in Central Arizona

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In 1985 and 1986 we investigated neonatal elk (Cervus elaphus) habitat use in central Arizona. We captured calves and fitted them with radio collars. We documented measurements of calves, distances moved/day, and neonatal hiding habitats. Neonatal elk hid until 16 days old. Calves < 10 days old moved less than calves ≧ 10 days old. Neonatal hiding sites were characterized as midelevational ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) summer range habitats with gentle southwest slopes. Use of elevations and associated habitats by calves changed with seasonal snowmelt and green-up. Type of cover neonatal elk used varied with habitat. Hiding cover 0.36 m to 1.7 m tall was the most important component of hiding sites.

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  • Calf
  • elk
  • habitat
  • hiding cover

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Wallace, M.C., Krausman, P.R. (1992). Neonatal Elk Habitat in Central Arizona. In: Brown, R.D. (eds) The Biology of Deer. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2782-3_10

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