Moose yard

(Zool.) a locality where moose, in winter, herd together in a forest to feed and for mutual protection.

See also: moose

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The Friedman test was applied to this index in order to test the influence of habitat class on moose yard selection (yard = subject, habitat class = treatment).
Moose yards were not located close to uncut forest surrounding the landscapes and did not have a greater proportion of residual forest than clear-cut landscapes.
We also hypothesized that (2) moose yards would be located close to uncut forest surrounding the clear-cut landscapes or in those parts of the landscapes having a higher proportion of residual forest, and that (3) moose yards would be located in parts of the clear-cut landscapes where the shrub layer is more dense and browse more abundant.
The analysis of aerial surveys was done at 2 scales: clear-cut landscapes and moose yards. At the first scale, moose density was computed inside each landscape (excluding the 1-km buffers).
We also compared vegetation in moose yards (n = 11) with random sites (n = 11) selected within clear-cuts in the same landscapes.
The number of moose yards by 500-m distance classes from the uncut forest inside each landscape had a similar distribution to the proportion of the landscape's area by distance classes ([chi square] = 0.02, = 0.99) (Fig.
Moose yards had quite a different vegetation than the clear-cut landscapes where they were located (Table 2).
For the second part of the survey, a helicopter with a navigator-observer and an observer sitting behind the pilot returned to the same plot to count and determine the sex of moose in each moose yard. Due to the low density of moose within heavily hunted blocks, moose located near the random plots were also sexed and categorized according to their maturity, leading to a larger sampling of the population.
Wintering areas, known as moose yards, are typically described as elevated terrain, intersected by valleys, with mature mixed or deciduous stands used for food and mature coniferous stands for cover (Lajoie et al.
(1974) indicated that moose yards were often oriented between the southeast and the west.
Crete (1977) observed between 8,000 and 18,000 stems/ha in moose yards in southwestern Quebec.