TRADITIONAL USE OF EARLY WINTER CONCENTRATION AREAS BY MOOSE IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO
Areas of early winter concentration of moose (Alces alces) were surveyed by aircraft from 1975 to 1981. Moose concentrated traditionally in these areas from early November to late December. Sites were topographically discrete upland/mesic habitat with large amounts of browse. Peak densities ranged from 4.06 moose/km2 to 9.80/km2 depending on the area, as compared to an average density of 0.14 to 0.32/km2 in surrounding areas later in the winter. Sex composition of the groups was skewed to females.
These areas represent an important component of moose habitat which should be protected by area managers during timber harvesting operations.
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