home range


: the area to which an animal usually confines its daily activities

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists had assumed that the adolescent puma wouldn’t stay in Griffith Park long, in part because its nine-square-mile area is about 6% of the size of a typical home range for big cats in the area. Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2022 But not before the bear prowls the perimeter of his home range. National Geographic, 12 Jan. 2023 The male mountain lion, one of several the park service tracks in the area, was captured Monday south of his home range of Griffith Park and transferred to a wild animal care facility for evaluation, the release said. Taylor Romine, CNN, 13 Dec. 2022 Members will patrol the borders of their home range, and too much overlap can make neighboring groups get violent. Leslie Nemo, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2020 This suggests that before settling into a home range, males roam farther from where they were born. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 23 Jan. 2015 The thesis for her master’s degree at Claremont Graduate University required roaming the Inyo Mountains along four-wheel-drive dirt roads and hiking no-nonsense trails as part of an effort to map the extent of the daisy’s home range. Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2022 Birds wandering out of their home range is a fairly common occurrence. Marina Wang, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2022 The Sahel, the massive buffer zone between the Sahara Desert and the African savannah to its south, became the home range of Berber and Bedouin camel herders. Adam Kuper, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of home range was in 1902

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“Home range.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20range. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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