Habitat and population modelling of Roe Deer using an interactive Geographic Information System
Radeloff, V. C., A. M. Pidgeon, and P. Hostert. 1999. Habitat and population modelling of Roe Deer using an interactive Geographic Information System. Ecological Modelling 114, no. 2-3:287-304.
Management of German roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) populations is a challenge for wildlife managers and foresters because population densities are difficult to estimate in forests and forest regeneration can be negatively affected when roe deer density is high. We describe a model to determine deer population densities compatible with forest management goals, and to assess harvest rates necessary to maintain desired deer densities. A geographic information system (GIS) was used to model wildlife habitat and population dynamics over time. Our model interactively incorporates knowledge of ﬁeld biologists and foresters via a graphical user interface (GUI). Calibration of the model with deer damage maps allowed us to evaluate density dependence of a roe deer population. Incorporation of local knowledge into temporally dynamic and spatial models increases understanding of population dynamics and improves wildlife management.