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1 April 2011 Spatial Organization of Northern Flying Squirrels, Glaucomys sabrinus: Territoriality in Females?
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We determined home-range overlap among northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) to assess their spatial organization. We found extensive home-range overlap among females, and though this overlap could reflect social behavior, we found no evidence of attraction among females, with only one instance of den sharing. Instead, our results suggest that females share foraging areas but may be territorial in portions of the home range, especially around den trees and during young-rearing. Home-range overlap could also result from, the extrinsic effect of forest fragmentation due to timber harvest, which might impede dispersal and force squirrels to cluster on remaining fragments of suitable habitat.

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Jaya R. Smith, Dirk H. Van Vuren, Douglas A. Kelt, and Michael L. Johnson "Spatial Organization of Northern Flying Squirrels, Glaucomys sabrinus: Territoriality in Females?," Western North American Naturalist 71(1), 44-48, (1 April 2011). https://doi.org/10.3398/064.071.0107
Received: 9 October 2009; Accepted: 1 November 2010; Published: 1 April 2011
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