Disease Reveals the Predator: Sarcoptic Mange, Red Fox Predation, and Prey Populations

@inproceedings{Lindstrm1994DiseaseRT,
  title={Disease Reveals the Predator: Sarcoptic Mange, Red Fox Predation, and Prey Populations},
  author={Erik Lindstr{\"o}m and Henrik Andr{\'e}n and Per Angelstam and G{\"o}ran Cederlund and Birger H{\"o}rnfeldt and Lars J{\"a}derberg and Per‐Arne Lemnell and Berit Martinsson and Kent Sk{\"o}ld and John Swenson},
  year={1994}
}
An epizootic of sarcoptic mange was prevalent among Scandinavian red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) during the late 1970s and 1980s. By substantially reducing the population density of foxes, the epizootic created a natural experiment on the importance of fox predation for prey density. The fox population started to recover during the late 1980s. We monitored the populations of the fox and its prey [voles (Cricetidae), mountain hare (Lepus timidus), European hare (L. europaeus), Capercaillie (Tetrao… CONTINUE READING

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