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The small-bodied Badgers (Meles meles (L.)) of Rutland Island, Co. Donegal
D. Paddy Sleeman, John Davenport, Robert E. Cussen and Robert F. Hammond
The Irish Naturalists' Journal
Vol. 30, Part 1 (September 2009), pp. 1-6
Published by: Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20764515
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Badgers found on an island, Rutland Island, Co. Donegal were investigated. When compared with Badgers from the Donegal mainland they are significantly smaller in both length and weight. Twenty-eight setts were found in a survey in 1998 and fifteen Badgers were trapped in 1999. GPS was used to map and re-locate setts and latrines. Bait-marking in 2003 showed that there were two social groups on the island at that time. The results are discussed with reference to the Badgers' adaptation to the island, their population structure, use of setts and the research opportunities, for both Badger management and conservation, on the island.
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