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Factors affecting home range size in house mice mus musculus domesticus living in outdoor enclosures

Factors affecting home range size in house mice mus musculus domesticus living in outdoor enclosures

American Midland Naturalist 127(1): 31-40

Home range size was investigated in wild house mice living in outdoor enclosures using powder-tracking and radio-tracking. We obtained 19 home-range esimates for juvenile mice using powder-tracking, and 43 estimates for adults using both techniques. Juvenile males, juvenile females and adult females did not differ in home-range size, but ranges of adults males were larger than those of the other three groups. Changes in home-range size were examined with trend analysis using weight as an indicator of age. Home ranges of males had a positive linear relationship with body weight, whereas home ranges of females fit a negative quadratic trend with body weight. Population density was not an accurate predictor of home-range size of all mice, nor was adult-male density a predictor of adult-male home-range size. Powder-tracking and radio-tracking yielded equal estimates of home ranges for adult mice.

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DOI: 10.2307/2426319

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