Activity patterns, home-range, and habitat selection of the common hog-nosed skunk, Conepatus chinga (Mammalia, Mustelidae), in northwestern Patagonia.
Notes on the Patagonian hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus humboldtii) in southern Chile.
Home range patterns of hog-nosed skunks were studied between July 2008 and November 2010.
We anesthetized captured hog-nosed skunks with a 2:1:1 ratio of ketamine hydrochloride (10 mg/kg), xylaxine (5 mg/kg), and acepromazine (1 mg/kg; Doty and Dowler, 2006) or with 10 mg Telazol (Lariviere and Messier, 1996a).
We captured 40 hog-nosed skunks during the study period.
We tracked radio-collared hog-nosed skunks on foot with a handheld VHF receiver (Communications Specialists, Inc., Orange, California, U.S.A.) equipped with a 3-element Yagi antenna.
When the MANOVA was conducted using only hog-nosed skunks for which we examined space-use patterns (n = 14), it revealed males were significantly larger than females ([F.sub.5,8] = 4.18; P = 0.036).
Hog-nosed skunks were never radio-tracked or visually observed within the riparian area, even though they have been reported to use this habitat type (Schmidly and Hendricks, 1984).
During February 2005-November 2007, we searched for road-killed hog-nosed skunks in southern Texas.
Our research confirms persistence of populations of hog-nosed skunks in the Gulf Coast region of southern Texas and central Tamaulipas.
Schmidly for their long-term interest in hog-nosed skunks and for inspiring this research.
Taxonomic status of white-backed hog-nosed skunks, genus Conepatus (Carnivora: Mephitidae).