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The swift fox in rangeland and cropland in western Kansas: Relative abundance, mortality, and body size

Southwestern Naturalist

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Abstract

We assessed suitability of cropland and shortgrass rangeland for swift foxes (Vulpes velox) in western Kansas. Relative abundance and survival were similar for foxes in rangeland and cropland. Mortality resulting from non-traumatic causes, coyotes, and motor vehicles differed significantly between habitats. Predation by coyotes, motor vehicles, and non-traumatic causes were responsible for 45%, 36%, and 18%, respectively, of 11 deaths in rangeland and 20%, 10%, and 70%, respectively, of 10 deaths in cropland. Swift foxes in rangeland were larger and in better condition than those in cropland. Males were larger than females based on mass, standardized mass (mass/body length), body length, hindfoot length, and ear length.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The swift fox in rangeland and cropland in western Kansas: Relative abundance, mortality, and body size
Series title:
Southwestern Naturalist
Volume
45
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Southwestern Naturalist
First page:
221
Last page:
225
Number of Pages:
5