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1 February 2002 GIS-BASED HABITAT MODELS FOR MOUNTAIN GOATS
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We used logistic regression to develop habitat models from observation of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) in alpine habitats near Mt. Evans, Colorado. Mountain goats used areas near escape terrain, on moderate slopes, at midelevations, and on southerly exposures more than expected. Habitat models for summer, winter, or all-seasons correctly classified 81–83% of observations and incorrectly classified 12–13% of locations not used by mountain goats. A model based only on distance to escape terrain correctly classified 87% of observations and classified 38% of the study area as suitable habitat. Our models provide a way to use readily available data and simple techniques to quickly identify suitable habitat over large geographical areas.

J. E. Gross, M. C. Kneeland, D. F. Reed, and R. M. Reich "GIS-BASED HABITAT MODELS FOR MOUNTAIN GOATS," Journal of Mammalogy 83(1), 218-228, (1 February 2002). https://doi.org/10.1644/1545-1542(2002)083<0218:GBHMFM>2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 30 March 2001; Published: 1 February 2002
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