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Home Range, Activity Patterns, and Habitat Relations of Reeves' Muntjacs in Taiwan

Dale R. McCullough, Kurtis C. J. Pei and Ying Wang
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 64, No. 2 (Apr., 2000), pp. 430-441
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3803241
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3803241
Page Count: 12
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Home Range, Activity Patterns, and Habitat Relations of Reeves' Muntjacs in Taiwan
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Abstract

We studied home ranges, activity patterns, population density, and food relationships of Reeves' muntjacs (Muntiacus reevesi) in the mountains of Taiwan from September 1992 to December 1993 using radiotelemetry, remote cameras, and fecal nitrogen analysis. Average minimum convex polygon home range size was 107.7 ha, and no difference between the sexes was detected. Home ranges and core areas of females overlapped and they were not territorial. Home ranges of males overlapped extensively (>50%), but their core areas overlapped minimally (<5%), suggesting territoriality. Activity patterns of muntjacs differed by sex, and varied daily and seasonally. Females showed particularly low activity in some months. A mark-resight estimate using automatic cameras suggested density on the 4.2-km2 study area was 9.3-km2 Fecal nitrogen levels seasonally changed with vegetation quality similar to temperate-zone ungulates.

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