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Master of Science (MS)
This study investigated the acquisition of food by hand-reared coyotes, Canis latrans, of different social rank in a familiar area with and without novel objects (safe and potentially unsafe conditions). The first objective was to test the hypothesis that dominant animals are more hesitant than subordinates in approaching food in the presence of a novel stimulus. The results were that dominant pups usually were the first to feed in the absence of novel stimulus, and subordinate pups were the first to feed when novel objects were present.
Johnson, Warren E., "Resource Acquisition in the Presence of a Novel Stimulus by Coyotes of Different Social Rank" (1984). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 2250.
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