THE USE OF URINE MARKING IN THE SCAVENGING BEHAVIOR OF THE RED FOX (VULPES V ULPES) by J. DAVID HENRY1) (Department of Biology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) (With 2 Figures) (Acc. 25-IV-1976) INTRODUCTION The use of experiments to investigate scent marking behavior in mammals has greatly expanded in recent years, although mainly captive animals have been studied (,e.g., MYKYTOW'CZ et al., 1962, IC?.6g, SCHULZF- WESTRUM, 1965; MULLER-SCHWARZE, 197I, 1974). · Well-controlled, manipulative experiments on mammals free-ranging in their natural environment have seldom been carried out, even though the ultimate reference point of ethology is the behavior of the animal in its natural environment. Where large mammals are concerned, so few manip- ulative field experiments have been done that we may question if this reference point to ethology is not beyond the reach of the experimental techniques of the science. We may ask whether the behavior of large mammals in a natural environment can indeed be studied by experimentation. The following study explores this question by experimentally investigating the scent marking behavior of free-ranging red foxes. To begin, certain definitions of scent marking behavior must be made clear. Scent marking is usually described as the behaviors used
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1977
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