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The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids$
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David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.001.0001

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Coyotes in Yellowstone National Park: the influence of dominance on foraging, territoriality, and fitness

(p.271) CHAPTER 17 Coyotes
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

Eric M. Gese

Oxford University Press

The coyote population at Yellowstone National Park (YNP), Wyoming, has not been subject to human persecution for several decades allowing for direct observation of their behaviour, interactions among pack members, and how they deal with changes in their environment. From January 1991 to June 1993, data from over 2500 hours of direct observation were collected on members of five resident packs, five transient individuals, and eight dispersing animals, in the Lamar River Valley of YNP. This chapter synthesizes the findings of this study.

Keywords:   Yellowstone National Park, coyotes, Lamar River Valley, environmental conditions, social organization, behavioural activity budgets, foraging ecology, food availability, pack size

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