Modeling black-footed ferret energetics: Are southern release sites better?

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Abstract

Several models have been developed to estimate prey requirements and to assess habitat suitability of release sites for the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) (e.g., Stromberg and others, 1983; Powell and others, 1985; Biggins and others, 1993). None of these models, however, addressed possible differences in energetic requirements between sites due to climatic differences within the ferret’s historical range. We used a simplified energetics model to examine the effect of variation in environmental conditions on ferret energetic requirements. The aim of the study was to determine whether the ferret might be more successful in one area than another.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Modeling black-footed ferret energetics: Are southern release sites better?
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Recovery of the black-footed ferret: Progress and continuing challenges- Proceedings of the Symposium on the Status of the Black-footed Ferret and Its Habitat, Fort Collins, Colorado, January 28-29, 2004 (Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5293)
First page 286
Last page 288
Conference Title Symposium on the Status of the Black-footed Ferret and Its Habitat
Conference Location Fort Collins, CO
Conference Date January 28-29, 2004