Cougar and coyote GPS telemetry, Utah/Idaho USA (OBIS-ENV-DATA example)

Latest version published by Test Organization #1 on May 14, 2018 Test Organization #1

Telemetry data from on-animal sensors deployed on a coyote in Utah in 2004-2005 and a cougar in Idaho in 2014. GPS locations for the coyote were recorded during two separate deployments, 1 in summer and 1 in winter. The collar deployed on the cougar recorded GPS locations, temperature, and standard GPS quality attributes on the same fix schedule, and activity (2-d accelerometer) on a different fix schedule. This dataset represents a part of the dataset published in the Movebank Data Repository (, reformatted here according to the OBIS-ENV-DATA format as a test use case for tracking data. Captures, recoveries, deployments and non-location measurements are stored as events; times and locations of captures, recoveries, and location fixes are stored as occurrences; and measured values of GPS quality attributes, acceleration, and temperature are stored in ExtendedMeasurementOrFact.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 76,878 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
  • Occurrence 

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Mahoney PJ, Young JK (2016) Uncovering behavioural states from animal activity and site fidelity patterns. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8(2): 174–183. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12658


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 0926de1c-dc6f-4b6e-a93d-1d77fe052620.  Test Organization #1 publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Secretariat.




Who created the resource:

Peter J. Mahoney
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Washington Seattle Washington US

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Peter J. Mahoney
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Washington Seattle Washington US

Who filled in the metadata:

Sarah C. Davidson
Data Curator
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Radolfzell Baden-Württemberg DE

Who else was associated with the resource:

Systems GBIF

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers doi:10.5441/001/1.7d8301h2