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Journal:   JOURNAL OF SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES IN NATURAL RESOURCES   SUMMER 2010 , Volume 5 , Number 2; Page(s) 111 To 121.
 
Paper: 

SPRING AND SUMMER HABITAT SUITABILITY MAPPING FOR WILD GOAT (CAPRA AEGAGRUS AEGAGRUS) IN LAR NATIONAL PARK

 
 
Author(s):  MOSTAFAVI S.M.*, ALIZADEH AFSHIN, KABOLI M., KARAMI MAHMOUD, GOLJANI R., MOHAMMADI SAEID
 
* SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BRANCH, TEHRAN
 
Abstract: 

Lar National Park is considered as an appropriate habitat for Wild Goat (Capra aegagrus aegagrus). Human threats to this Park have separated the Wild Goat from some of the appropriate habitat limiting the presence of this species in certain areas. The models which predict this species distribution can predict the area of this species distribution and their habitat as well. They are, therefore, good instruments for preservation and management purposes. Ecological Niche Factor Analysis (ENFA) method using Biomapper software was used to make a model of the habitat of this species. In this study, the points where this species existed were used as dependent variable and 9 other environmental variables were used as independent variables.. Habitat suitability map drawn for Wild Goat in Lar National Park indicated that the suitable point for Wild Goat located in 3040m above sea level in the upper slopes was 42%. And Vegetation plays an important role in habitat suitability for a certain species. Selection of higher heights by Wild Goat was due to lack of security in mid-heights of the area. Also, the most important variable in the suitability of a habitat for Wild Goat is height and slope and predator such as leopard and wolf play a negative role in this regard.

 
Keyword(s): WILD GOAT, LAR NATIONAL PARK, HABITAT SUITABILITY MODELING, INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES, ECOLOGICAL NICHE FACTOR ANALAYSIS, BIOMAPPER
 
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