Spatial and vertical distribution of chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) in the Western Tatra Mountains
Tatra Mountain chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) were studied in 2005–2009 in the ridge areas of the valley complex between Sivý peak in the west and Baníkov peak in the east and their adjacent lateral ridges and depressions (Western Tatra Mtns.) as well as in Mengusovská Valley (central Tatra Mtns.). Observations were focused on monitoring abundance, sex ratio and spatial and vertical distributions throughout the year. The study area in the Western Tatra Mtns. was visited 227 times and during these visits chamois were observed 148 times, while only their tracks were registered on 30 days. There were overnight visits. Chamois moved down to the forest mostly in winter months. Their descent to the forest during winter months from December to March was due to feeding or visiting saltlicks.
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