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        Abstract - Issue Sep 2017, 38 (5)                                                                                                             Back

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Relationship between some wild mammals and forest structural diversity parameters


A. Mert* and B. Yalçınkaya

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Management, Faculty of Forestry, Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta-32260, Turkey

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Key words


Structural diversity,


Wild mammal




Publication Data

Paper received : 30.06.2016

Revised received : 30.05.2016

Accepted : 26.06.2017



Aim: The forests are most crucial ecosystems that provide opportunities for wildlife species in terms of nutrition and harboring properties. Theoretically, structural heterogeneity of plants in a field assosiated with number of living organisims in there. The main objective of the study was to investigate relationships between distribution of wild animals and variables including height of leafy branches from ground, thickness and density of litter layer, height and density of herb and shrub layer and height and density of tree layer.


Methodology: Sign of wild mammals were inventoried using indirect inventory techniques in seventy sampling plots in Ağlasun (Burdur, Turkey). Height leafy branches from the ground and thickness and density of litter layer, height and density of herb and shrub layers, stone, soil, rock covering landform were measured. To determine relationships between this variables, regression and classification tree technique was applied.


Results: No relationship was found between European hare and Beech marten with forest structural diversity parameters. Distribution of Wild boar (AUC; 0.85), Badger (AUC; 0.81) and Red fox (AUC; 0.85) were affected by some forest structural diversity parameters such as tree densiy, herb density and rock density.


Interpretation: The results revealed that the areas with structural diversity became rich in biodiversity. The increase in fruit trees and plant species diversity contributes to support wildlife, as well. This study is significant for determination of relationship between wild animals and easily measured structural diversity parameters.



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