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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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Canid Society

(p.85) CHAPTER 4 Society
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

David W. Macdonald

Scott Creel

Michael G. L. Mills

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of why some canids live in groups, while others do not, and asks what shapes their societies. The behavioural and ecological selective pressures of group living are discussed. It is argued that while behavioural benefits may favour sociality in wild canids, ecological factors create the framework within which behavioural pressures operate, and dictate the balance of costs and benefits between group membership and dispersal.

Keywords:   wild canids, sociality, group formation, group size, group living, behavioural pressure, ecological pressure

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