WINTER HABITAT USE BY MOOSE IN THE VICINITY OF AN OPEN PIT COPPER MINE IN NORTH-CENTRAL BRITISH COLUMBIA
Patterns of winter habitat used by moose (Alces alces andersoni) were documented around an open pit copper mine in north-central British Columbia. Results of browse surveys, pellet-group counts and noise level measurements indicate that moose distribution in the study area is influenced more by differences in browse availability among different habitat types than by disturbance associated with mining. The results demonstrate that moose are being attracted to cut over areas on the periphery of the mindsight and have been habituated to the presence of the Bell Mine since mining was first initiated 17 years ago.
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