The aim of the study was to know the habitat preferences and home range of resident and relocated brown hares during the no hunting period. The trial was carried out in a protected area (PA) and in a free hunting territory (FHT), both located in Florence province. During captures 21 hares were equipped with a necklace radio tag: 7 hares, resident group, were released in the same area of capture and 14 hares, relocated group, were relocated in six different locations within the FHT. The effect of place of release was analyzed by ANOVA and/or non parametric methods. Results showed that the home ranges of the resident group were characterised by a greater presence of fallow land and shrub land than relocated group (P< 0.05). Home range sizes and Max distances from the releasing sites were greater in the relocated group. Resident hares preferred landscape characterized by a higher density of patches (152 vs. 70 n/100ha), patch richness (43 vs. 12 n/100ha), and patches area (4703 vs. 8142 sq.m) than the relocated hares (P<0.01). The landscape structure indexes, the home range sizes and the maximum distance from the releasing sites suggest that the relocated hares even if released in suited habitats, will move from their releasing point to look for better habitats. Landscape with most complexity are preferred from the resident hare, and this result should be consider when a project to reintroduction of this lagomorph in a territory is programmed, or when it is necessary to improve the dynamic of a natural population.
|Autori:||Ferretti M.; Paci G; Porrini S.; Galardi L.; Bagliacca M.|
|Titolo:||Habitat use and home range traits of resident and relocated hares (Lepus europaeus, Pallas)|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.4081/ijas.2010.e54|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|