Den site selection of ringtails (Bassariscus Astutus) in West Central Texas

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Den site selection of ringtails (Bassariscus Astutus) in West Central Texas

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dc.contributor.advisor Dowler, Robert C.
dc.contributor.other Angelo State University. Department of Agriculture.
dc.creator Tiedt, Andrew R.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-29T15:37:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-29T15:37:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-29T15:37:43Z
dc.date.submitted July 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2346.1/23
dc.description.abstract Research was conducted to determine ringtails (Bassariscus astutus) den site preferences in west central Texas. From August 2008 ‐ November 2009, 13 ringtails (8 females; 5 males) were captured and radio‐collared in Tom Green and Irion Counties, Texas. Ringtails were found using owl nest boxes and natural dens at the study site. Two hundred and eighty‐six dens were located, of which 105 were unique. Thirtyseven instances of den site co‐occupancy by multiple ringtails were recorded. Dataloggers were used to characterize thermal profiles of known dens and controls from October 2008 – October 2009. Den selection for male and female ringtails revealed nest box preference more frequently in the winter (80%) followed by spring (77%), fall (67%), and summer (30%). Den types (nest boxes, below‐ground dens, above‐ground dens) selected were significantly different (χ2=45.3, df=6, P<0.000). Seasonal den type selection was significant for female (χ2=37.0, df=6, P<0.000) and male ringtails (χ2=22.5, df=6, P<0.001). en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Bassariscus astutus en
dc.subject Nest box en
dc.subject Den selection en
dc.subject ringtails en
dc.title Den site selection of ringtails (Bassariscus Astutus) in West Central Texas en
dc.type Thesis en
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dc.type.genre Thesis
thesis.degree.name M.S.
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Animal Science
thesis.degree.grantor Angelo State University
thesis.degree.department Agriculture
dc.contributor.committeeMember McCoy, J. Kelly
dc.contributor.committeeMember Maxwell, Terry C.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Braden, Kirk W.

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