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Human-modified habitats facilitate forest-dwelling populations of an invasive predator, Vulpes vulpes

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, September 2017
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Title
Human-modified habitats facilitate forest-dwelling populations of an invasive predator, Vulpes vulpes
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Scientific Reports, September 2017
DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-12464-7
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Bronwyn A. Hradsky, Alan Robley, Ray Alexander, Euan G. Ritchie, Alan York, Julian Di Stefano

Abstract

Invasive and over-abundant predators pose a major threat to biodiversity and often benefit from human activities. Effective management requires understanding predator use of human-modified habitats (including resource subsidies and disturbed environments), and individual variation within populations. We investigated selection for human-modified habitats by invasive red foxes, Vulpes vulpes, within two predominantly forested Australian landscapes. We predicted that foxes would select for human-modified habitats in their range locations and fine-scale movements, but that selection would vary between individuals. We GPS-tracked 19 foxes for 17-166 days; ranges covered 33 to >2500 ha. Approximately half the foxes selected for human-modified habitats at the range scale, with some 'commuting' more than five kilometres to farmland or townships at night. Two foxes used burnt forest intensively after a prescribed fire. In their fine-scale nocturnal movements, most foxes selected for human-modified habitats such as reservoirs, forest edges and roads, but there was considerable individual variation. Native fauna in fragmented and disturbed habitats are likely to be exposed to high rates of fox predation, and anthropogenic food resources may subsidise fox populations within the forest interior. Coordinating fox control across land-tenures, targeting specific landscape features, and limiting fox access to anthropogenic resources will be important for biodiversity conservation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 31 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 32%
Student > Master 7 23%
Researcher 6 19%
Unspecified 3 10%
Other 2 6%
Other 3 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 48%
Environmental Science 9 29%
Unspecified 5 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 3%
Other 0 0%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 20. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 October 2017.
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#636,451
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