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The geographically referenced data on aboriginal and reacclimatized local populations of the steepe woodchuck, Marmota bobak, in Mordovia are presented. The number and density of the populations are stimated. The rates and priority directions of the Marmota bobak colonization are determined. In 28 years after the reacclimatization of steepe woodchucks in this region, they are spread, on the average, over 19.5 km from the release sites; the mean rate of their dispersal is 0.7 km per year. The size of family areas of these animals varies from 0.4 to 11.5 ha; the mean value is 2.3 ha per a family. The following factors determine the dynamics of developing the local populations: optimal environmental conditions, the time of existence of reacclimatized colonies, and poaching.

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Andreychev A. V. , Zhalilov A. B., Kuznetsov V. A. 2015. THE STATE OF LOCAL STEEPE WOODCHUCK (MARMOTA BOBAK) POPULATIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF MORDOVIA // Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 94(6): P. 723–730.

Alexey Andreychev

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This page is a summary of: Состояние локальных популяций степного сурка (Marmota bobak) в Республике Мордовия, Зоологический журнал, January 2015, Akademizdatcenter Nauka,
DOI: 10.7868/s0044513415060033.
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