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Sampling strategies for radio-tracking coyotes

January 1, 1981

Ten coyotes radio-tracked for 24 h periods were most active at night and moved little during daylight hours. Home-range size determined from radio-locations of 3 adult coyotes increased with the number of locations until an asymptote was reached at about 35-40 independent day locations or 3 6 nights of hourly radio-locations. Activity of the coyote did not affect the asymptotic nature of the home-range calculations, but home-range sizes determined from more than 3 nights of hourly locations were considerably larger than home-range sizes determined from daylight locations. Coyote home-range sizes were calculated from daylight locations, full-night tracking periods, and half-night tracking periods. Full- and half-lnight sampling strategies involved obtaining hourly radio-locations during 12 and 6 h periods, respectively. The half-night sampling strategy was the best compromise for our needs, as it adequately indexed the home-range size, reduced time and energy spent, and standardized the area calculation without requiring the researcher to become completely nocturnal. Sight tracking also provided information about coyote activity and sociability.

Publication Year 1981
Title Sampling strategies for radio-tracking coyotes
Authors G. J. Smith, J.R. Cary, O.J. Rongstad
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Wildlife Society Bulletin
Index ID 5221645
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center