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

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Title: Den site selection of ringtails (Bassariscus Astutus) in West Central Texas
Author: Tiedt, Andrew R.
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 ) .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /23
Date: 2011-08-29

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Den site selection of ringtails (Bassariscus Astutus) in West Central Texas. Master's thesis, Angelo State University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /23 .

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