Autumn and winter diet of the swift fox (Vulpes velox) in south-eastern Wyoming
 
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Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Publish date: 2000-09-10
 
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2000;11(2)
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Abstract We investigated the Swift fox (Vulpes velox) food habits during an autumn (October) and winter month (December and January) in a sagebrush-grassland habitat in south-eastern Wyoming in 1996 and 1997. The percentage of occurrence of various food items was determined from 63 scat samples of 6 radio-collared foxes (3 pairs). Mammals, especially rodents, and insects were the most common prey (24.5% and 19.1%, respectively). 49 scat contained plant material. Ungulate carrion was an important part of the Swift fox's diet. No significant difference between autumn and winter diet was detected.
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