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dc.contributor.authorYockney, Ivor J.en
dc.contributor.authorHickling, Graham J.en
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-09T01:48:31Z
dc.date.issued2000en
dc.identifier.citationYockney, I. J., & Hickling, G. J. (2000). Distribution and diet of chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) in Westland forests, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 24(1), 31-38.en
dc.identifier.issn0110-6465en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/1282
dc.description.abstractChamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) are usually considered an alpine species in New Zealand, but also occur in forests in areas such as Westland. A postal survey of commercial helicopter-based hunters indicated that chamois are present within Westland forests from timberline to sea level and are most abundant within an area of about 1600 km(2) extending from the Wanganui River in the north to the Karangarua River to the south. The diet of 40 chamois shot in spring and summer was determined by analysis of rumen contents. Of 66 food items identified to genus or species level, five averaged >5% of dry weight of the rumen contents; these were Carmichaelia spp. (14%), large leaved Coprosma spp. (12%), Weinmannia racemosa (11%), Griselinia littoralis (9%), and Melicytus ramiflorus (7%). The proportion of grasses in the diet was significantly lower in summer (3%) than in spring (8%). These results suggest that unmanaged chamois populations have the potential to affect regeneration of plant species important to the Westland Metrosideros umbellata-Weinmannia racemosa forest community.en
dc.format.extent31-38en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNew Zealand Ecological Societyen
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - New Zealand Ecological Societyen
dc.rightsCopyright © New Zealand Ecological Societyen
dc.subjectchamoisen
dc.subjectrumen samplesen
dc.subjectdistributionen
dc.subjectrata-kamahi foresten
dc.subjectWestlanden
dc.subjectEcologyen
dc.titleDistribution and diet of chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) in Westland forests, South Island, New Zealanden
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.subject.marsdenFields of Research::300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences::300800 Environmental Science::300805 Conservationen
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
dc.subject.anzsrc0602 Ecologyen
dc.relation.isPartOfNew Zealand Journal of Ecologyen
pubs.issue1en
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pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.volume24en


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