A tracking technique for comparing individual home ranges of small mammals


  • Sarh E. Randolph

    1. Department of Zoolog, University of London, King's Collegs, Strand, London
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    • *This work was carried out at the King's College Field Station, Rogate, Nr. Petersfield, Hants


The tracking technique consists of feeding marker bait to small mammals whilst in captivity, releasing them, and subsequently collecting and examining faeces deposited by them in containers in the study area. This technique allows a large number of individually marked animals to be tracked simultaneously over a short period of time, without restricting the movements of the animals in any way. This provides estimates of home range size that are considered to be more realistic than previous estimates, and allows the dynamic aspect of home range to be measured.