Habitat-dependent burrow preference of the eurasian badger in its original and new occurrence areas of hungary

Miklós Heltai, Zsuzsanna Horváth, Ágnes Kiss, Anna Nagy, Ferenc Markolt, Petra Szentkirályi, József Lanszki, Lajos Kozák, Mihály Márton

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Abstract

We examined the habitat preference of the Eurasian badger (Meles meles) in three relevantly different habitat types of Hungary. Mountainous and hilly sample sites represented the original habitat, while lowland areas are the recently occupied habitat type of the species. Based on the distribution according to vegetation types at the locations of the burrows, there was no significant difference between the original and the new habitat types. Badgers preferred forested areas to open fields. Among forest habitat types, the preference of pine-forests was higher than that of deciduous vegetation. The explanation for this result is the easily diggable sandy soil on which pine-forests are planted. Open field habitats in lowland areas were less avoided. The same was proven by the countrywide habitat preference of the species - shown by the collected data of all the sample areas: there was no total avoidance of this kind of habitat. These all predict that badgers will be able to live in open fields just as densely as they do now in hilly regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-492
Number of pages6
JournalActa Zoologica Bulgarica
Volume65
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Burrow
  • Habitat selection
  • Hungary
  • Meles meles
  • Vegetation type

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Insect Science

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    Heltai, M., Horváth, Z., Kiss, Á., Nagy, A., Markolt, F., Szentkirályi, P., Lanszki, J., Kozák, L., & Márton, M. (2013). Habitat-dependent burrow preference of the eurasian badger in its original and new occurrence areas of hungary. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 65(4), 487-492.