Conflicting research on the demography, ecology, and social behavior of Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni)

Journal of Mammalogy
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Abstract

Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) are rare, diurnal, colonial, burrowing, ground-dwelling squirrels. Studies of marked individuals living under natural conditions in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s showed that males are heavier than females throughout the year; that adult females living in the same territory are consistently close kin; and that females usually mate with the sexually mature male(s) living in the home territory. Research from 2007 through 2010 challenges all 3 of these findings. Here we discuss how different methods might have led to the discrepancies.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Conflicting research on the demography, ecology, and social behavior of Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni)
Series title Journal of Mammalogy
DOI 10.1644/11-MAMM-A-034.3
Volume 93
Issue 4
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher American Society of Mammalogists
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 11 p.
First page 1075
Last page 1085
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N