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Title

Evaluating the habitat capability model for Merriam's turkeys

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Research Paper Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service

Issue

no. RM RP 320

First Page

1

Last Page

8

Publication Date

1995

Abstract

Habitat capability (HABCAP) models for wildlife assist land managers in predicting the consequences of their management decisions. Models must be tested and refined prior to using them in management planning. We tested the predicted patterns of habitat selection of the R2 HABCAP model using observed pat- terns of habitats selected by radio-marked Merriam’s turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo merriami) in the Black Hills, South Dakota. Coefficients for winter required substantial revision, coefficients for summer were modified to a lesser extent. Coefficients are rec- ommended for winter, summer, and poult habitats.