Seasonal and sex-specific differences in feeding site attendance by red foxes Vulpes vulpes

Fawcett, John K. and Fawcett, Jeanne M. and Soulsbury, Carl D. (2017) Seasonal and sex-specific differences in feeding site attendance by red foxes Vulpes vulpes. Mammal Study, 42 . pp. 117-120. ISSN 1343-4152

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Abstract

Food provided by householders represents a key resource for urban red foxes Vulpes vulpes. Using long-term video footage, we examined how patterns of feeding site attendance varied with season, sex and likely residence status. For foxes attending frequently (>15%) we found feeding site attendance highest for females in spring, probably because of feeding dependent young, and lowest for both sexes in autumn because of changes in seasonal food abundance or in time spent in other activities. For infrequent attenders (<15%), females attended most often in autumn and winter, coinciding with the dispersal period. Male attendance was not higher during the breeding season. Our combined results show how feeding site attendance changes throughout the year relative to potential intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

Keywords:red fox, foraging, urban
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
C Biological Sciences > C300 Zoology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:26631
Deposited On:07 Mar 2017 10:13

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