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Spatial ecology of urban striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in the Northern Great Plains: A framework for future oral rabies vaccination programs

March 22, 2021

Few studies have investigated the ecology of urban striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) despite their role as a primary rabies vector species paired with an ability to thrive in these landscapes. Information on home range, nightly movements, and habitat selection, is important for rabies management planning regarding the placement of oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits and for management of skunk populations more generally. Our aim was to obtain baseline ecological information with an emphasis on spatial ecology of urban striped skunks in the Northern Great Plains region that is lacking in the literature. We used radio telemetry to track 22 (4 M, 18 F) skunks during September 2016 to November 2016 and March 2017 to November 2017. Size of home range using kernel density estimation with smoothing by least squares cross validation identified that male skunks (x¯">

Citation Information

Publication Year 2019
Title Spatial ecology of urban striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in the Northern Great Plains: A framework for future oral rabies vaccination programs
DOI 10.1007/s11252-019-00844-y
Authors Anna L. Schneider, Amy T. Gilbert, W. David Walter, Gregory S. Vandeberg, Jason R. Boulanger
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Urban Ecosystems
Index ID 70223382
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown