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Annual winter elk movements in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem 2001-2015

November 27, 2018

521 unique elk with GPS collars were tracked using telemetry from 2001 to 2015 in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to determine winter-to-winter annual dispersal distance of each individual. All elk were identified and located using telemetry during the months of January and February for two successive years. An individual elk was included at most three times in the data and each year was considered an independent sample of annual elk dispersal for a total of 704 annual elk movements. All elk were female, except one of the individuals in the dataset was a male. We included his movement in the analysis for completeness, but as there was only one male we chose not to directly model any differences in movement behavior between male and female elk.