home range


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

Examples of home range in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their home range is fairly small, from 40 to 200 or so acres. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 28 Mar. 2024 The buck’s home range and eventual fate remains a mystery. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, 27 Mar. 2024 The lion’s home range spans the eastern Santa Monica Mountains between the 405 and 101 Freeways — about five miles west of the area where legendary mountain lion P-22 roamed for more than a decade until he was hit by a vehicle and found injured in a Los Feliz backyard. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Grizzlies have smaller home ranges than polar bears. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 6 Sep. 2023 The exception was navigating the maze, where ability correlated with the size of the home range: those animals that performed well tended to have larger home ranges. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2023 This classification will add the elusive mustelid species to the federal endangered species list and apply the protections of the Endangered Species Act to every wolverine across its home range in the Rockies, Cascades, Sierra Nevadas, and other high-alpine mountain ranges in the Lower 48. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 29 Nov. 2023 Across the globe between 1973 and 2012, corn, wheat, rice, and soybean crops all shifted northward, escaping the most damaging effects of climate warming on what were their home ranges. Maryn McKenna, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2023 On average, each animal has a home range of about 140 square miles (360 square kilometers) – nearly equivalent to the surface area of Philadelphia – and travels about 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) every day. Michael Brown, Discover Magazine, 4 Sep. 2023

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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