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Document Type

Research

Keywords

Age, Kidney Fat Index, Pelt Quality, Physical Condition, Procyon lotor, Raccoon, Skin Fat Index

Abstract

Fur harvesters and fur buyers have many intuitive ideas about how raccoons' pelt qualities differ due to age, sex, or physical condition. We tried to demonstrate correlations between age classes (juvenile and adult), sex, and physical condition and the quality of raccoon pelts. Quality of pelts was described in three objective ways: size of the pelt, density of the pelage (primeness), and color of the pelage. Physical condition was measured by kidney fat index (KFI) and skin fat index (SFI). Size of the pelts was correlated with age, sex, and both measures of physical condition. Primeness of the pelts was correlated with age and both measures of physical condition but not with sex. Color of the pelts was not significantly correlated with age, sex, or either physical condition index.

Publication Date

March 1990

Journal Title

Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

97

Issue

1

First Page

33

Last Page

35

Copyright

© Copyright 1990 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf