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1 December 2012 Spatial Characteristics of American Badgers (Taxidea taxus) in Southern Texas
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We investigated ecology of the American badger (Taxidea taxus) on the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area, La Salle County, Texas, during February–November 2002. We trapped five individuals (four males, one female) with a mean (±SE) weight of 6.1 ± 0.6 kg. Home ranges and mean daily movements of three males averaged 7.0 ± 3.5 km2 and 758 ± 801 m, respectively. American badgers did not use habitats in proportion to availability and showed a preference for honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) savannah-acacia (Acacia) shrublands. Burrowing sites were dominated by a honey mesquite-bufflegrass (Pennistum ciliare) association.

Estudiamos la ecología del tejón norteamericano (Taxidea taxus) en el Chaparral Wildlife Management Area, condado de La Salle, en Texas durante febrero–noviembre de 2002. Atrapamos cinco individuos (cuatro machos, una hembra) con un peso medio (±SE) de 6.1 ± 0.6 kg. El rango de hogar y media de traslados diarios de tres machos tuvieron un promedio de 7.0 ± 3.5 km2 y 758 ± 801 m, respectivamente. Los tejones norteamericanos no usaron los hábitats en proporción a su disponibilidad y mostraron una preferencia por matorral de mezquite (Prosopis glandulosa) y huizache (Acacia). Los sitios de madrigueras fueron dominados por una asociación de mezquite y pasto buffel (Pennistum ciliare).

Daniel P. Collins, Louis A. Harveson, and Donald C. Ruthven "Spatial Characteristics of American Badgers (Taxidea taxus) in Southern Texas," The Southwestern Naturalist 57(4), 473-478, (1 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909-57.4.473
Received: 19 April 2011; Accepted: 1 July 2012; Published: 1 December 2012
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