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Coordination at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology/Vetmeduni Vienna: Dr. Friederike Pohlin

Red deer have to contend with numerous challenges in a cultural landscape shaped by humans. Well-coordinated red deer management is therefore required in order to be able to conserve this wild species in cultural landscapes in a sustainable and low-conflict manner. Based on a preliminary study, scientists have been able to show for the first time that telemetric movement data of wild red deer can apparently be described by a mathematical law, the Benford law. It is now known in economics that many data sets (e.g. digital tax audit, logbooks) follow the Benford law.

The aim of the present project, which is coordinated by the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, is to examine telemetric data from tagged red deer in three game enclosures of different sizes (130 ha, 328 ha, 1100 ha) and to compare them with an existing data set of wild red deer. Specifically, the following research question will be answered. "Are there differences in the frequency of the leading digits in telemetric datasets between wild red deer and red deer whose spatial use is restricted to a certain area (enclosure)?"

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Overall coordination

Paul Griesberger, MSc.
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

Further staff at FIWI:

Dr. Gabrielle Stalder, Dr. Johanna Painer-Gigler, Dr. Hanna Rauch


01 April 22-15 June 23

Financed by University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences