The effects of refuse-feeding on home-range use, group size, and intergroup encounters in the banded mongoose.

Gilchrist, Jason and Otali, E (2002) The effects of refuse-feeding on home-range use, group size, and intergroup encounters in the banded mongoose. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 80 (10). pp. 1795-1802. ISSN 0008-4301

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The effects of food availability and distribution on population dynamics have been the subject of numerous experimental studies, but no study has quantified the effects of a concentrated supplementary food supply on groups of a social carnivore. We investigated the effects of refuse-feeding at garbage dumps on banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) groups. Garbage dumps represent a reliable, concentrated source of food. Data were collected from three refuse and seven nonrefuse-feeding groups in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Groups were located using radiotelemetry, and home-range size and use, group size and population density, and intergroup encounter rate were analysed. Although refuse-feeding groups had home ranges similar in size to those of nonrefuse-feeding groups, their home-range use was more concentrated and their core areas always included the available predictable garbage dumps. Two of the three refuse-feeding groups were larger and denser than other groups. The two groups that shared the same garbage dump had significantly higher intergroup encounter rates than all other groups and their encounters occurred at the shared dump.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0008-4301
Electronic ISSN: 1480-3283
Uncontrolled Keywords: Banded Mongoose; Mungos Mungo; Refuse feeding; Rubbish dumps; Concentrated food source; Home range sizes; Movement patterns; Intergroup encounters; Uganda;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology) > 591 Specific topics in natural history
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology) > 599 Mammals
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Item ID: 1705
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2008 13:40
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2013 15:30

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