Reintroducing San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) to vacant or restored lands: identifying optimal source populations and candidate foxes

Bremner-Harrison, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-4770-1376 and Cypher, B.L., 2011. Reintroducing San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) to vacant or restored lands: identifying optimal source populations and candidate foxes. Research report for external body. Sacramento, California: Central Valley Project Conservation Program.

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Abstract

Endangered San Joaquin kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica) currently persist as a meta- population in central California consisting of 3 core and several satellite populations. Many of these populations are small and the meta-population is highly fragmented, which increases extinction risk. Translocation is a potential strategy for increasing the number of populations. Various factors would need to be considered when selecting source populations and candidate foxes for translocation. One such factor is behavioral attributes of individual foxes, as reflected by level of boldness, particularly in response to novel resources and potential threats. We compared behavioral attributes between and within populations of kit foxes in urban and non-urban habitats, and also examined the relationship of these attributes to survival and fitness. The overall goal of this project was to identify optimal source populations and individual foxes for relocation efforts, and in particular to determine whether urban foxes could be used in such efforts.

Item Type: Research report for external body
Creators: Bremner-Harrison, S. and Cypher, B.L.
Publisher: Central Valley Project Conservation Program
Place of Publication: Sacramento, California
Date: 2011
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17091

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