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1 June 2020 Weak Habitat Segregation between Male and Female Mountain Hares (Lepus timidus)
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Sexual habitat segregation affects animal distribution and can lead to different life-histories across sexes. We investigated sex-related habitat segregation in the mountain hare (Lepus timidus) during the early-breeding and post-reproductive periods at the macro- (home range) and microscale (pellet location) by using pellet data sets from a non-invasive genetic population monitoring in the Swiss Alps. The data sets comprise six years (2014–2019) of sampling and include 119 individuals (70 males, 49 females). At the macroscale, the sex-related habitat segregation was weak in both periods but higher in the early-breeding period as compared with that in the post-reproductive period. Home ranges of females contained a higher proportion of forest stands in the early-breeding period. At the microscale, the sex-related habitat segregation for habitat characteristics was low in both periods. We conclude that habitat segregation between male and female mountain hares is weak during the early-breeding and post-reproductive periods.

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Maik Rehnus and Kurt Bollmann "Weak Habitat Segregation between Male and Female Mountain Hares (Lepus timidus)," Annales Zoologici Fennici 57(1-6), 129-135, (1 June 2020).
Received: 6 April 2020; Accepted: 20 May 2020; Published: 1 June 2020

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