Early experience with the farm environment and effects on later behaviour in silver Vulpes vulpes and blue foxes Alopex lagopus.

@article{Pedersen1991EarlyEW,
  title={Early experience with the farm environment and effects on later behaviour in silver Vulpes vulpes and blue foxes Alopex lagopus.},
  author={Vivi Pedersen},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
  year={1991},
  volume={25 2-3},
  pages={163-9}
}
Seventy-one silver fox and 141 blue fox cubs were exposed to constant visual contact with the farm environment from the age of 2 to 8 weeks. The exposure consisted in opening a door in the nest box facing the feed gang-way. Control cubs (33 silver and 77 blue foxes) were reared in similar but closed nest boxes. All cubs were tested at the age of 12-16 weeks and again at the age of 23-28 weeks; during these tests the behavioural responses of the foxes towards a human being were recorded. Both… CONTINUE READING