Table 2. Slope classes obtained from forest maps used to model moose behavior along highways in the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve. Slope class for each forest polygon was obtained from forest maps of the study area. Water bodies, islands, and some other land types had no code, so we changed these to A. Slope classes were then converted to integer values in which 5 represents the flattest slope and 0 the steepest.


Original coding Designation Inclination (%) New coding
A None 0–3 5
B Weak 4–8 5
C mild 9–15 4
D Moderate 16–30 4
E Strong 31–40 1
F Abrupt ≥ 41 0
S Summit Summit zone ≥ 41 0