What Can Habitat Preference Models Tell Us ? Tests Using a Virtual Trout Population

@inproceedings{RailsbackWhatCH,
  title={What Can Habitat Preference Models Tell Us ? Tests Using a Virtual Trout Population},
  author={Steven F. Railsback and HOWARD B. STAUFFER and Bret C. Harvey}
}
Habitat selection (‘‘preference’’) models are widely used to manage fish and wildlife. Their use assumes that (1) habitat with high animal densities (highly selected habitat) is high quality habitat, and low densities indicate low quality habitat; and (2) animal populations respond positively to the availability of highly selected habitat. These assumptions are increasingly questioned but very difficult to test. We evaluated these assumptions in an individual-based model (IBM) of stream trout… CONTINUE READING
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