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Activity of radio-tagged black-footed ferrets

January 1, 1986

Activity of two radio-tagged black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) was investigated during October-November 1981 (an adult male monitored for 16 days), and during August-November 1982 (a young female monitored for 101 days). Aboveground activity of the male averaged 2.95 hr/night, 15% of the total time monitored. From 22 September to 5 November, aboveground activity of the female averaged 1.9 hours; 26% of the time she was stationary and 74% of the time she was moving. During August the juvenile female emerged at least once on 93% of the nights. She was least active in November. Both animals were primarily nocturnal (although daylight activity was not uncommon), and timing of nightly activity was similar, peaking from 0100 to 0359.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1986
Title Activity of radio-tagged black-footed ferrets
DOI
Authors Dean E. Biggins, Max H. Shroeder, Steven C. Forrest, Louise Richardson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs
Series Number
Index ID 70121071
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization