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Title: Using GPS Technology to Understand Spatial and Temporal Activity of Kangaroos in a Peri-Urban Environment
Contributor(s): Henderson, Timothy (author); Vernes, Karl A  (author)orcid ; Koertner, Gerhard  (author)orcid ; Rajaratnam, Rajanathan  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3390/ani8060097Open Access Link
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Abstract: The increasing kangaroo occurrence in expanding peri-urban areas can be problematic when kangaroos become aggressive towards people and present a collision risk to motor vehicles. An improved understanding on kangaroo spatial and temporal activity patterns in the peri-urban environment is essential to manage kangaroo–human conflict. In this study, we used GPS telemetry to determine activity patterns of male Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in a peri-urban community on the north-coast of New South Wales, Australia. Two types of GPS devices were employed; collars and cheaper alternative glue-on units. Kangaroos moved on average 2.39 km a day, with an average movement rate of 1.89 m/min, which was greatest at dawn. The GPS glue-on devices had short deployment lengths of one to 12 days. Despite limitations in attachment time, the glue-on devices were viable in obtaining daily spatial and temporal activity data. Our results aid towards alleviating conflict with kangaroos by providing new insights into kangaroo movements and activity within a peri-urban environment and introduces a potential cheap GPS alternative for obtaining this data relative to more expensive collars.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Animals, 8(6), p. 1-10
Publisher: MDPIAG
Place of Publication: Switzerland
ISSN: 2076-2615
Field of Research (FOR): 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
060207 Population Ecology
040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
960812 Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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