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Home range, habitat selection and diet of foxes (vulpes vulpes) in a semi-urban riparian environment

White, John, Gubiani, Robert, Smallman, Nathalie, Snell, Kelly and Morton, Anne 2006, Home range, habitat selection and diet of foxes (vulpes vulpes) in a semi-urban riparian environment, Wildlife research, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 175-180, doi: 10.1071/WR05037.

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Title Home range, habitat selection and diet of foxes (vulpes vulpes) in a semi-urban riparian environment
Author(s) White, JohnORCID iD for White, John orcid.org/0000-0002-7375-5944
Gubiani, Robert
Smallman, Nathalie
Snell, Kelly
Morton, Anne
Journal name Wildlife research
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 175
End page 180
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1035-3712
1448-5494
Summary Between 2000 and 2002 the home range, habitat selection and diet of foxes were examined in the Dandenong Creek Valley, Melbourne, Australia. The mean home range was 44.6 ha (range 19.2–152.6 ha). A significant selection towards blackberry and gorse used as diurnal shelter was found during the day with an active avoidance of less structurally complex vegetation types. Although there was obvious selection of certain habitats, the diet of the foxes was highly general and opportunistic and thus offers little potential as a factor to manipulate in order to reduce fox abundance. Given the strong preference for blackberry and gorse as a shelter resource, a habitat-manipulation strategy is suggested whereby patches of blackberry and gorse are removed and replaced with less structurally complex vegetation. Such a strategy has the potential to influence the density of foxes in semi-urban riparian environments such as those discussed in this study.


Language eng
DOI 10.1071/WR05037
Field of Research 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, CSIRO
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003763

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