Spatial organization of northern flying squirrels, Glaucomys sabrinus: Territoriality in females?

Western North American Naturalist
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We determined home-range overlap among northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) to assess their spatial organization. We found extensive home-range overlap among females, and though this overlap could reflect social behavior, we found no evidence of attraction among females, with only one instance of den sharing. Instead, our results suggest that females share foraging areas but may be territorial in portions of the home range, especially around den trees and during young-rearing. Home-range overlap could also result from, the extrinsic effect of forest fragmentation due to timber harvest, which might impede dispersal and force squirrels to cluster on remaining fragments of suitable habitat.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Spatial organization of northern flying squirrels, Glaucomys sabrinus: Territoriality in females?
Series title Western North American Naturalist
DOI 10.3398/064.071.0107
Volume 71
Issue 1
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Title Western North American Naturalist
First page 44
Last page 48
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Plumas National Forest
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