Restricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/293709
Title:
Restricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers
Authors:
Davison, John; Huck, Maren ( 0000-0002-7740-3903 ) ; Delahay, R. J.; Roper, Timothy J.
Abstract:
Damage caused by badger setts is an important source of human–carnivore conflict in urban areas of the UK, yet little is known about the spatial distribution of urban badger setts or their pattern of occupation. We compared the density, spatial distribution and size of setts in four urban and two rural study areas in the UK and assessed the applicability to urban systems of distinguishing between ‘main’ and ‘outlier’ setts. In addition, we used radio-telemetry to investigate diurnal patterns of sett use in one urban area (Brighton). It was possible to distinguish between main and outlier setts in urban environments, and local sett densities were comparable in urban and rural areas. However, urban badgers used substantially fewer setts than did a nearby rural population, and they spent a smaller proportion of days in outlier setts. Social groups with larger ranges had more setts available to them and, within groups, individuals with larger ranges used more setts. Outliers appeared to serve multiple functions, including allowing efficient and safe travel to important parts of the home range. We conclude that sett densities can be high in urban habitats, suggesting significant potential for settrelated problems to arise. The fact that urban main setts can be distinguished from outliers enables management actions to be tailored accordingly. In particular, because main setts seem to represent a particularly valuable resource to urban badgers, alternatives to the closure of problem main setts need to be considered.
Affiliation:
University of Sussex
Citation:
Restricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers 2009, 277 (1):45 Journal of Zoology
Journal:
Journal of Zoology
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/293709
DOI:
10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00509.x
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00509.x
Type:
Article
ISSN:
09528369; 14697998
Sponsors:
Defra WSC (contract WM0304); Marie Curie Intra-European Postdoctoral Fellowships
Appears in Collections:
Biological Sciences Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorDavison, Johnen
dc.contributor.authorHuck, Marenen
dc.contributor.authorDelahay, R. J.en
dc.contributor.authorRoper, Timothy J.en
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-10T11:23:37Z-
dc.date.available2013-06-10T11:23:37Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationRestricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers 2009, 277 (1):45 Journal of Zoologyen
dc.identifier.issn09528369-
dc.identifier.issn14697998-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00509.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/293709-
dc.description.abstractDamage caused by badger setts is an important source of human–carnivore conflict in urban areas of the UK, yet little is known about the spatial distribution of urban badger setts or their pattern of occupation. We compared the density, spatial distribution and size of setts in four urban and two rural study areas in the UK and assessed the applicability to urban systems of distinguishing between ‘main’ and ‘outlier’ setts. In addition, we used radio-telemetry to investigate diurnal patterns of sett use in one urban area (Brighton). It was possible to distinguish between main and outlier setts in urban environments, and local sett densities were comparable in urban and rural areas. However, urban badgers used substantially fewer setts than did a nearby rural population, and they spent a smaller proportion of days in outlier setts. Social groups with larger ranges had more setts available to them and, within groups, individuals with larger ranges used more setts. Outliers appeared to serve multiple functions, including allowing efficient and safe travel to important parts of the home range. We conclude that sett densities can be high in urban habitats, suggesting significant potential for settrelated problems to arise. The fact that urban main setts can be distinguished from outliers enables management actions to be tailored accordingly. In particular, because main setts seem to represent a particularly valuable resource to urban badgers, alternatives to the closure of problem main setts need to be considered.en
dc.description.sponsorshipDefra WSC (contract WM0304); Marie Curie Intra-European Postdoctoral Fellowshipsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00509.xen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Zoologyen
dc.subjectMeles melesen
dc.subjectRadio-trackingen
dc.subjectSett surveyen
dc.subjectWildlife damageen
dc.titleRestricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers-
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Sussexen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Zoologyen
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