Dynamics of a local badger (Meles meles) population in the Netherlands over the years 1983-2001

R.C. van Apeldoorn, J. Vink, T. Matyástík

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    Long-term data on badger population dynamics are scarce. For 19 years data on badger and sett numbers were collected by direct observation of a Local population in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Analysis of these data show two different patterns of population growth. The first shows a stow growth in numbers and setts and the second an exponential growth. Spatial dynamics were also analysed in combination with habitat use. The first increase showed colonisation of the entire study area by social groups. Subsequently, new groups settled at the border of the area and inbetween established group territories. Population dynamics are discussed given the many badger-friendly measures that were taken. (c) 2005 Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Saugetierkunde. Published by Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-38
    JournalMammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • european badger
    • spatial-organization
    • density
    • size
    • earthworms
    • demography
    • landscape
    • ecology
    • habitat

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