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Models of habitat quality and connectivity for mountain lion (Puma concolor), mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni), black bear (Ursus americanus), and pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) on the Navajo Nation

This data publication contains estimates of habitat quality and connectivity for mountain lion, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and black bear, and combined estimates of high habitat and connectivity areas for all species. The analysis area was a 236,000 square kilometers that encompassed the Navajo Nation, which includes portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The estimates of habitat quality were created with spatially explicit habitat variables and either an expert-based linear combination process (for mountain lion and mule deer) or a generalized linear mixed model-based estimation that used radio-collar telemetry data (for desert bighorn sheep, black bear, and pronghorn; collected between 2005-2011). Habitat variables varied among species but included vegetation type, terrain ruggedness, topographic position index (TPI), road density, distance to water, population density, and major barriers to movement.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-113.050594 38.28183, -107.001529 38.28183, -107.001529 34.201114, -113.050594 34.201114))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
The Navajo Nation, which includes northeastern Arizona and small portions of Utah and New Mexico that are along the Arizona border. The analysis area also included a 100 kilometer buffer around the Navajo Nation perimeter.
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Temporal Coverage
January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2011
Contact Name
Fleishman, Erica
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedSat, 01/18/2020 - 15:18

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U.S. Forest Service