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Occupancy modeling of moose in northern New York State using hunter observations


April 2013 - March 2015


This project is using a hunter-response survey tool to fit spatially-referenced moose observations to a landscape occupancy model. The model will allow estimation of the distribution and spatiotemporal dynamics of moose in northern New York. We will use a hypothesis-based approach for inference on the role of land-use patterns, climate effects, and interspecific interactions as drivers of both patterns and changes in moose distribution and abundance.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Crum, N.J., A.K. Fuller, C.S. Sutherland, E.G. Cooch, and J. Hurst. 2017. Estimating Occupancy Probability Of Moose In Northern New York Using Hunter Survey Data. Journal of Wildlife Management 81(3):521–534; 2017; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21207.


  • Crum, N.J. 2016. Spatial Ecology and Recolonization Dynamics of Moose in New York and Northeastern North America. M.S. Thesis.


  • Crum, N.J. and A.K. Fuller. Estimating the distribution of moose across New York using hunter observations. New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Coordinating Committee Meeting. September 16, 2014.
  • Crum, N., A.K. Fuller, and C. Sutherland. Estimating the occurrence of moose in New York using hunter survey data. 71st Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. 21 April, 2015.
  • Crum, N. J., A. K. Fuller, C.S. Sutherland, H. Kretser, M. Glennon, M. Schwartz, and K. Pilgrim. 2015. Population Structure and Recolonization Dynamics of Moose in Northeastern North America. The Wildlife Society Conference, Winnipeg, MB. October 19, 2015.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 84



Funding Agencies

  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation


New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute