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GPS has scientists reconsidering assumptions about animals’ range, habitat

[large thumbnail url=”gps-has-scientists-reconsidering-assumptions-about-animals-range-habitat” filename=”science” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”gps-has-scientists-reconsidering-assumptions-about-animals-range-habitat” filename=”science” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] While the news of the wolf getting to Colorado is a few years old, this story expands on the discovery and shows that scientists have underestimated the range of animals they have reintroduced.

FORT COLLINS (Denver Post) — GPS tracking data collected from radio collars on mountain lions, lynx, wolves and other wild mammals are challenging scientific understanding of the animals’ range and habitat.

Until about five years ago, the use of GPS technology was limited.

Now, Colorado Division of Wildlife and other Western biologists are tracking more animals using satellites and computers and seeing them wander farther, more frequently and far beyond the bounds of what is believed to be their normal habitat.

Conservationists say even more monitoring is needed to help understand the migration habits of wildlife through an “increasingly humanized landscape,” said Jodi Hilty, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s

Read the entire article on denverpost.com: GPS has scientists reconsidering assumptions about animals’ range, habitat

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