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Hawthorne L. Beyer, Ricardo Ung, Dennis L. Murray and Marie-Josée Fortin Functional responses, seasonal variation and thresholds in behavioural responses of moose to road density Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 8 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12042

Identifying thresholds in nonlinear responses to landscape modification is a key management objective as they represent transition zones where small changes can have disproportionately large effects on wildlife populations. We establish these thresholds for moose and roads, but find no response to tracks, implying that the effects of tracks can be mitigated by restricting access to them. We discuss the implications of this work on the problem of moose–vehicle collisions.

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