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Oecologia

, Volume 124, Issue 2, pp 232–234 | Cite as

Assessing the effect of radiocollars on juvenile guanaco survival

  • M. S. Bank
  • W. L. Franklin
  • R. J. Sarno

Abstract 

To evaluate the potential impact of our research activities on guanacos (Lamaguanicoe), we tested for effects of radiocollaring on juvenile (≤1 year of age) survival in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile during 1992–1996. The survival of collared (40.1%) and uncollared (38.2%) juveniles was not significantly different (G=0.08; P=0.77). Our results suggest that radiocollaring does not adversely affect the survival of juvenile guanacos. Although we observed no effect of radiocollaring, we still underline the importance of testing for effects of radiocollars in other wildlife investigations when feasible.

Key words Radiocollar Survival Guanaco Lama guanicoe Ungulate 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Bank
    • 1
  • W. L. Franklin
    • 2
  • R. J. Sarno
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, 5755 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469, USA Tel.: +1-207-5812847, Fax: +1-207-5812858US
  2. 2.Department of Animal Ecology, Iowa State University, 124 Science II, Ames, IA 50011, USAUS
  3. 3.Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, FCRDC/NCI, Building 560, Room 11–84, Frederick, MD 21702, USAUS

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