Data from: Disease, predation and demography: assessing the impacts of bovine tuberculosis on African buffalo by monitoring at individual and population levels

Cross PC, Heisey DM, Bowers JA, Hay CT, Wolhuter J, Buss P, Hofmeyr M, Michel AL, Bengis RG, Bird TLF, Du Toit JT, Getz WM

Date Published: March 27, 2014

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.5hh3h

 

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Title Buffalo Mortality Table
Description This table contains a description of Buffalo mortalities (Old or fresh). Buffalo mortalities were encountered by field technicians during their daily movements in the field, either accidentally coming across them on foot, by actively pursuing vultures, or because the animal had a VHF or GPS collar. See Readme file
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Title Buffalo Capture Sessions
Description This table contains all the details of capture session. In some cases, multiple individuals were captured simultaneously. This table contains the information about the overall site and event, while data about each captured individual are in Buffalo captures. These two tables can be linked based on the CapsessionID field. Two main types of techniques were utilized depending on the requirements of the capture. For individual recaptures the animals were darted from a vehicle. While for mass chemical immobilizations the animals were darted from a helicopter. See Readme file.
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Title Buffalo Captures
Description Table with data on individual buffalo captures. Can be linked to the site data based on the CapSessionID field and the Buffalo Capture Sessions Table. See readme file.
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Title Buffalo Named
Description This is a reference table with one row per known buffalo (either based on visual characteristics or a VHF, GPS, or marker collar). This table contains data on all Identified buffalo. Each row refers to a single buffalo. The name field is a unique identifier. These were buffalo that were thought to be easily identifiable in field and were used to increase sample number for mark recapture analysis.
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Title Buffalo Sightings
Description This is for those identifiable individuals, either radiocollared or previously named. These data were intended for use in a mark-recapture analysis of survival, resighting, and dispersal rates.
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Title Buffalo Disease Tests
Description Table contains the data on all disease testing (Bovine TB, Brucellosis, and Rift Valley Fever) done on the captured buffalo.
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Title Herd Sightings
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Title Herd Sightings Freq
Description his table contains the VHF frequencies of those individuals “seen” in each herd at a specific sighting. This table should be used in conjunction with the herd sighting table by linking on HerdName and Date. Note that individuals were often not visually observed but were deduced to be in the herd based upon radio-telemetry.
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Cross PC, Heisey DM, Bowers JA, Hay CT, Wolhuter J, Buss P, Hofmeyr M, Michel AL, Bengis RG, Bird TLF, Du Toit JT, Getz WM (2008) Disease, predation and demography: assessing the impacts of bovine tuberculosis on African buffalo by monitoring at individual and population levels. Journal of Applied Ecology 46(2): 467-475. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01589.x

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Cross PC, Heisey DM, Bowers JA, Hay CT, Wolhuter J, Buss P, Hofmeyr M, Michel AL, Bengis RG, Bird TLF, Du Toit JT, Getz WM (2008) Data from: Disease, predation and demography: assessing the impacts of bovine tuberculosis on African buffalo by monitoring at individual and population levels. Dryad Digital Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.5hh3h
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