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Movement and mortality of translocated urban–suburban grey squirrels

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Abstract:

During summer and autumn of 1994–1997, we determined the movements and mortality of 38 adult male Eastern grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) that had been captured in urban–suburban backyards and translocated to a large forest. The squirrels did not fare well. Squirrels not found dead or classified as 'probable mortality' disappeared from the forest with a median time to disappearance of 11 days. Ninety-seven per cent (37 of 38) of the squirrels either died or disappeared from the release area within 88 days.

Keywords: ANIMAL WELFARE; SCIURUS CAROLINENSIS; SQUIRREL; TRANSLOCATION; URBAN; WILDLIFE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2004

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