I am working on a project (a tool) for my GIS class that models natural habitat of an animal based on landcovers, distance to the nearest watersource and distance from developed area in Kansas, USA. I need these numerical values for at least a couple of animal species (larger herbivores that can occur in Kansas) so the user can enter these values and visualize the natural habitat.
Now, I know it is very difficult to determine such values (and modeling natural habitat is much much more complex than this) but these values don't need to be very accurate as it aims at showing the capabilities of the GIS software rather then producing real-world output (again, its a school project).
I've contacted a professor at the Department of Biology but she only provided me with tons of over-detailed information and links to scientific research which are of no use for me.
For example: a deer goes to drink water twice a day and doesn't move more than 10 miles a day -> it is most likely to occur within 5 miles from a water source. I know it is a crude simplification but it really doesn't matter in this case.
Is there a source of such information?