Evalutating the effects of wildfire in piñon-juniper woodlands on bighorn sheep habitat and vegetation composition
I evaluated the efficacy of using woodland fire to alter vegetation composition in a manner that augments desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) habitat in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area in western Colorado. I applied generalized linear mixed models to estimate pre-fire ewe habitat selection and then simulated a hypothetical widespread fire to spatially predict where fire would be most beneficial in expanding habitat. I found that ewes were avoiding habitats with high woodland canopy cover, the habitat most likely to be removed by fire. Given the removal of all woodlands, it is ...
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