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1 August 2008 Ecology of the Raccoon (Procyon lotor) from Western Poland
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Preliminary results on the ecology of raccoon in Poland are presented. The use of space (by radiotelemetry), diet composition and parasite infections (both by scat analysis) were investigated. The home-range size of the raccoon in western Poland averaged 1 km2 in suburban areas (n = 5 individuals), 10 km2 in the Warta Mouth National Park wetland area (n = 5), and 60 km2 for a single individual studied inhabiting woodlands. Space use patterns in relation to habitat type were also studied. About 44% of the biomass consumed by raccoons were mammals, 41% other vertebrates, 12% invertebrates, 2% plant material and only 1% eggs. Three species and one genus of helminths, e.g. the humans pathogen parasite, Baylisascads procyonis, were identified.

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Magdalena Bartoszewicz, Henryk Okarma, Andrzej Zalewski, and Justyna Szczęsna "Ecology of the Raccoon (Procyon lotor) from Western Poland," Annales Zoologici Fennici 45(4), 291-298, (1 August 2008). https://doi.org/10.5735/086.045.0409
Received: 16 March 2007; Accepted: 1 October 2007; Published: 1 August 2008
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