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Modelling the Relative Abundance of Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus L.) along a Climate and Land-Use Gradient

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Benjamin, Caryl S. ; Uphus, Lars ; Lüpke, Marvin ; Rojas-Botero, Sandra ; Dhillon, Maninder Singh ; Englmeier, Jana ; Fricke, Ute ; Ganuza, Cristina ; Haensel, Maria ; Redlich, Sarah ; Riebl, Rebekka ; Tobisch, Cynthia ; Uhler, Johannes ; Zhang, Jie ; Menzel, Annette ; Peters, Wibke:
Modelling the Relative Abundance of Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus L.) along a Climate and Land-Use Gradient.
In: Animals. Vol. 12 (2022) Issue 3 . - 222.
ISSN 2076-2615

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European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus L.) are important given their economic, recreational and ecological value. However, uncontrolled roe deer numbers can result in negative impacts on forest regeneration and agricultural crops, disease transmission and occurrences of deer-vehicle collisions. Information on the abundance and distribution is needed for effective management. We combined distance sampling (DS) of roe deer dung pellet groups with multiple variables to develop a density surface model (DSM) in the federal state of Bavaria in south-eastern Germany. We used the estimates of pellet group density as a proxy for roe deer relative abundance. We extrapolated our best DSM, conducted a quantitative evaluation and contrasted relative abundance along climate and land-use gradients. Relative abundance of roe deer was influenced by a combination of habitat type, climate and wildlife management variables, which differed between seasons and which reflected changes in food and shelter availability. At the landscape scale, the highest abundance was observed in agriculture-dominated areas and the lowest in urban areas. Higher abundance was also observed in areas with intermediate temperatures compared to the warmest areas. Our results provide information on possible future changes in the distribution of relative abundance due to changes in climate and land-use.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: density surface model; distance sampling; roe deer; GAM; climate change; land-use; spatial modelling; extrapolation; dung pellets
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professor Ecological Services > Professor Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 09 May 2023 05:47
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 05:47