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Citation. Storm, G. L.; Montgomery, G. G. 1975. Dispersal and social contact among red foxes: results from telemetry and computer simulation. Pages 237-246 in M. W. Fox, editor. The Wild Canids.   [1518  CC]

Abstract. The occurrence of dispersal in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is well documented (Errington and Berry, 1937; Sheldon 1950; Arnold and Schofield, 1956). However, published reports provide few details of dispersal such as seasonal timing, rates and routes of travel, proportions of the sex and age segments of the population which disperse, and amounts of social contact between transient and resident foxes. These details are essential for understanding gene flow among fox populations, range extensions, epidemiology of fox-borne diseases, and social control of dispersal. This paper reports on details of dispersal of red fox through use of radiotelemetry and other field techniques, and of social contact through computer simulation of red fox movements.

Keywords. red fox, Vulpes vulpes, radiotelemetry, computer simulation, dispersal


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