Effects of roadside habitat and fox density on a snow track survey for foxes in Ohio

Ohio Journal of Science
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Many methods have been used to survey red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and gray fox (Urocyon dnereoargenteus) populations. However, none has proven entirely satisfactory, and wild foxes remain one of the most difficult economically important wildlife species to monitor. In this study we evaluated the reliability of a snow track survey method for foxes by investigating whether the average number of road crossings per fox is influenced by changes in roadside habitat or changes in fox density. Several snow track surveys were conducted in two Ohio counties during January and February, 1984. Data on roadside habitat, relative fox densities, and fox crossings were collected. Results suggested that changes in roadside habitat could influence the average number of crossings per fox and, therefore, changes in the index could occur independent of actual population changes. We found no evidence that crossings per fox varied with fox density, but further research is needed to substantiate this finding.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Effects of roadside habitat and fox density on a snow track survey for foxes in Ohio
Series title Ohio Journal of Science
Volume 91
Issue 5
Year Published 1991
Language English
Publisher Ohio State University and the Ohio Academy of Science
Publisher location Columbus, OH
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Ohio Journal of Science
First page 186
Last page 187
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