We documented nightly movements of Hawaiian hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) on the island of Hawai'i. Based on data from 28 radiotagged individuals mean foraging range (FR) was 230.7 ± 72.3 ha, core-use area (CUA) was 25.5 ± 6.9 ha (or 11.1% of mean FR), and the mean long axis (LAX) across the FR was 3,390.8 ± 754.3 m. There was almost no overlap in CUAs among 4 adult males having overlapping foraging areas and tracked simultaneously or within a 90-day window of each other. CUAs of subadults partially overlapped with multiple adult males or with one other subadult. High variance in FRs, cores use areas, and LAX across the FR perhaps reflect localized stochastic variables such as weather, habitat, and food resources. Hawaiian hoary bats use moderately large FRs among insectivorous bats studied with comparable methodologies; however, foraging activity indicated by documentation of acoustic feeding buzzes is concentrated within one or a few disjunct areas cumulatively forming the 50% fixed kernel of CUA. The concentration of feeding activity, low values of individual overlap, and agonistic chasing behavior within CUAs all demonstrate a structured use of individual space by Hawaiian hoary bats.
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