Space and habitat use by male and female Raccoons, Procyon lotor, in Kansas

Jan F. Kamler, Philip S. Gipson

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Abstract

We monitored 12 radio-tagged adult Raccoons (Procyon lotor) from an unexploited population in northeastern Kansas to determine intersexual differences in space and habitat use. Home ranges (mean ± SE) of males were relatively large (266 ± 14 ha) and mutually exclusive, whereas home ranges of females were relatively small (122 ± 52 ha) and overlapped extensively. Sizes of home ranges were smaller (P < 0.05) in winter than summer for both sexes, although females reduced their home ranges more than males. Females used more grassland habitats than males during summer (P < 0.05), whereas males used more grassland habitats than females during winter (P < 0.05). Seasonal differences in habitat selection was detected for females (P < 0.05), but not males. Intersexual differences in space and habitat use were likely related to different behavioral strategies employed by male and female Raccoons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Field-Naturalist
Volume117
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Habitat selection
  • Home range
  • Kansas
  • Procyon lotor
  • Raccoon

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