Erich Follmann is interviewed by Steve Lay in Fairbanks, Alaska on November 1, 1983
ORAL HISTORY 01-83-05-09
KUAC (Radio station : Fairbanks, Alaska)Lay, Stephen (Interviewer)Follmann, Erich H. (Interviewee)
KUAC studios; University of Alaska Fairbanks
Erich Follmann talks about similarities between the fox populations in Russia and the United States and Canada, population cycles of the fox, his trip to Russia to collect fox, collecting in the Barrow area, collecting in Russia during a low year in the population cycle, working with Don Ritter, testing for and finding rabies and distemper in his samples, Bob Rausch's work on fox and rabies, break outs of diseases occurring when the population is crashing, crashes in population due to a reduced food supply, increases in the fox populations because of the increase in their food sources, Don Ritter finding forty percent of the samples sent to him having rabies, animals sent in for evaluation displaying abnormal behavior, populations that they have sampled from trappers are a better example of the population, finding several animals in the Russian collection that were rabid, collecting animals caught by trappers, disease analysis of animals caught in Russia, the circumpolar distribution of arctic fox, build-up of the fox population on the coast during the fall, the fox moving onto the pack ice, the fox returning to the tundra in February and March and setting up their territories and eventually breeding, the fox following the polar bear on the pack ice and scavenging, movement of the ice pack, the fox getting onto the ice in Barrow and the possibility of exiting the ice in Russia, possibility of significant mixing of the animals from the continents, behavior of animals in Russia, mass migrations to the south in Russia, a similar migration in Canada because of the terrain, reproduction in foxes, different theories in Canada and Russia about the fox population cycle, hoping his research will corroborate one of the two different positions taken by the Canadians and Russians, combination of both theories, lack of consistent funding, aging about 500 fox, older specimens during a low year, younger population during a high year, the Russians doing the majority of the research on foxes, the arctic fox's behavior changing throughout the year, the foxes being territorial through the breeding period, winter behavior, and the fox keenly adapted to the northern environment.
1 sound cassette (about 15 min.) : analog.
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