FIELD TEST OF A MOOSE CARRYING CAPACITY MODEL
The amount of moose forage was estimated in each 1 mi2 exclosure at the Moose Research Center (MRC) near Soldotna, Alaska in July 1983 and 1984. The amount of forage consumed by moose from 15 October to 1 May was calculated using 2 computer simulation models. These models predict daily forage intake of moose based on nutrient requirements, physiological constraints, and forage quality. Each exclosure was stocked during winter with a number of moose to remove a different amount of paper birch current annual growth (CAG). Tagged paper birch shrubs Were measured before and after browsing to determine the utilization level of CAG.
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