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Citation. Tester, J. R.; Ternes, J. W.; Siniff, D. B. 1977. Behavior and mortality of free-ranging raccoons, snowshoe hares, and striped skunks after exposure to 300 Ry radiation. Radiation Research 69:500-512. [1554 CC]
Abstract. Free-ranging raccoons (Procyon lotor), snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus), and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) exposed to 300 R cesium-137 radiation were monitored by an automatic radio-tracking system. Five irradiated juvenile raccoons died within 30 days postirradiation, but no controls died. One irradiated and one control snowshoe hare were killed by predators within 30 days after irradiation. No skunks died. No consistent patterns of effects of the irradiation were detected in terms of size or location of home range or in the circadian rhythms.
Keywords. raccoon, Procyon lotor, snowshoe hare, Lepus americanus, striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis, irradiation effects, radiotelemetry