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Asian badger (Meles leucurus, Mustelidae, Carnivora) habitat selection in the Xiaoxing’anling Mountains, Heilongjiang Province, China

Zhicheng Yao / Zhensheng Liu
  • College of Wildlife Resources, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
  • Key Laboratory of Wildlife Conservation, China State Forestry Administration, Harbin 150040, China
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Published Online: 2012-12-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2011-0116

Abstract

We conducted a study of Asian badger (Meles leucurus) habitat use between April and October 2008 in the Xiaoxing’anling Mountains, Heilongjiang Province, China. Compared with habitats available in spring, Asian badgers selected broad-leaved forest dominated by Mongolian oak (Quercus mongolica) with low tree density and coverage but high shrub density. In summer, badgers selected areas dominated by trees such as Amur linden (Tilia amurensis), with low tree density and coverage, low herbage coverage and high shrub density. In autumn, badgers selected habitats with relatively low tree coverage, low herbage coverage and high shrub density and plots on the upper slope when compared with available plots. Results from a Kruskal-Wallis H-test showed 15 variables that differed significantly by season. Discriminant analysis showed that, despite obvious overlaps in seasonal habitat use, habitat selection differed significantly by season. Knowledge of Asian badger habitat selection can influence wildlife habitat management and provide basic data to further guide ecological study.

Keywords: Asian badger; habitat selection; human disturbance

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About the article

Corresponding author: Liwei Teng, College of Wildlife Resources, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China


Received: 2011-10-22

Accepted: 2012-10-30

Published Online: 2012-12-17

Published in Print: 2013-05-01


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 77, Issue 2, Pages 157–162, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2011-0116.

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