Home Range and Movements of Greater Sage-grouse in its Southern-most Distribution

Published: July 2013

In Utah Greater sage-grouse (sage-grouse) habitat has been reduced to 50% of what is considered historical availability, due to habitat degradation and loss. A small study was made to determine the home range size, space use, and movement patterns of the southern-most sage-grouse population to facilitate future management actions to benefit sage-grouse. From 2005-2009 we collected VHF telemetry data on sage-grouse in Alton, Utah. Using Arc GIS we calculated home range size and movement patterns for 19 sage-grouse. Home-range size was similar to other non-migratory populations, suggesting sage-grouse in this region are capable of inhabiting sparse habitat conditions in southern Utah.