Nocturnal activity and foraging of prairie raccoons (Procyon lotor) in North Dakota

American Midland Naturalist



Nocturnal activity and foraging of 39 radio-equipped raccoons (Procyon lotor) in eastern North Dakota were studied from April-July in 1974-1976. Sixteen of the raccoons were collected after foraging bouts for stomach content analysis. Raccoon activity consisted of running (13%), walking (49%) and local movement in confined areas (38%). Local movement was foraging on large or locally abundant food items. Adult males traveled farther in a night, ran twice as often, and moved locally only half as often as adult females and yearlings. Differences in activity patterns between adult females and yearlings were not detected. There was no difference among age-sex groups in use of foraging habitats. All raccoons foraged extensively in farmyards and wetlands. Stomach content analysis substantiated foraging determinations obtained by radiotelemetry. Principal foods were grain, aquatic animals, rodents, birds and bird eggs.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Nocturnal activity and foraging of prairie raccoons (Procyon lotor) in North Dakota
Series title American Midland Naturalist
DOI 10.2307/2425374
Volume 107
Issue 2
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher University of Notre Dame
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 6 p.
First page 238
Last page 243
Country United States
State North Dakota
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