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Influences of immunocontraception on time budgets, social behavior, and body condition in feral horses

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Ransom, Jason I, Cade, Brian S, and Hobbs, N Thompson, Influences of immunocontraception on time budgets, social behavior, and body condition in feral horses: .

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Managers concerned with shrinking habitats and limited resources for wildlife seek effective tools for limiting population growth in some species. Fertility control is one such tool, yet little is known about its impacts on the behavioral ecology of wild, free-roaming animals. We investigated influences of the immunocontraceptive porcine zona pellucida (PZP) on individual and social behavior in bands of feral horses (Equus caballus) in three discrete populations and used 14 hierarchical mixed effect models to gain insight into the influences of PZP treatment on feral horse behavior. A model of body condition was the strongest predictor of feeding, resting, maintenance, and social behaviors, with treated females allocating their time [...]

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From Source - Mendeley RIS Export <br> On - Wed Sep 19 08:08:31 MDT 2012

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