Spatio-temporal distribution of European bison (Bison bonasus L.) in Poloniny National Park, East Carpathians, Slovakia
This study focused on analysis of spatio-temporal distribution of endangered European bison in Poloniny National Park (PNP). The main aim of the study was to analyse bison territory during both winter and the vegetation season for the whole period of reintroduction to show differences in occurrence at different altitudes, slopes and aspects as well as relationships between them during seasons and changes in territory utilization during 3-year periods. The animals change their habitat requirements according to actual season. Bison visit higher altitudes and steeper slopes mainly during the summer. During winter, bison remain in the valleys of displaced villages and feed on apple orchards and supplementary hay. The population is conservative in their territory and it still visits the same area.
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