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Floris M. van Beest, Antonio Uzal, Eric Vander Wal, Michel P. Laforge, Adrienne L. Contasti, David Colville and Philip D. McLoughlin Increasing density leads to generalization in both coarse-grained habitat selection and fine-grained resource selection in a large mammal Journal of Animal Ecology 83

Article first published online: 9 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12115

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From detailed study of the movements and population dynamics of the Sable Island horses, van Beest et al. show that theory on density-dependent habitat selection originally developed using coarse-grained (discrete) habitat use can and does apply to the fine-grained world of the multivariable resource selection function. Increasing density weakens habitat and resource selection at multiple scales, meaning that users of resource selection functions must appreciate density in their interpretation of habitat selection.

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