publication . Article . 2007

Dispersal Patterns of Red Foxes Relative to Population Density

Stephen H. Allen; Alan B. Sargeant;
Open Access
  • Published: 23 Mar 2007
Abstract
Factors affecting red fox (Vulpes vulpes) dispersal patterns are poorly understood but warranted investigation because of the role of dispersal in rebuilding depleted populations and transmission of diseases. We examined dispersal patterns of red foxes in North Dakota based on recoveries of 363 of 854 foxes tagged as pups and relative to fox density. Foxes were recovered up to 8.6 years after tagging; 79% were trapped or shot. Straight-line distances between tagging and recovery locations ranged from 0 to 302 km. Mean recovery distances increased with age and were greater for males than females, but longest individual recovery distances were by females. Dispersa...
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Medical Subject Headings: parasitic diseases
free text keywords: Nature and Landscape Conservation, Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Biological dispersal, Biology, Zoology, Spatial distribution, Age distribution, Population density, Vulpes, biology.organism_classification
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