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Biology and Conservation of Musteloids$
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David W. Macdonald, Chris Newman, and Lauren A. Harrington

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759805

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198759805.001.0001

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Social ethology of the wolverine

Social ethology of the wolverine

(p.389) Chapter 18 Social ethology of the wolverine
Biology and Conservation of Musteloids

Jeffrey P. Copeland

Arild Landa

Kimberly Heinemeyer

Keith B. Aubry

Jiska van Dijk

Roel May

Jens Persson

John Squires

Richard Yates

Oxford University Press

Social behaviour in solitary carnivores has long been an active area of investigation but for many species remains largely founded in conjecture compared to our understanding of sociality in group-living species. The social organization of the wolverine has, until now, received little attention beyond its portrayal as a typical mustelid social system. In this chapter the authors compile observations of social interactions from multiple wolverine field studies, which are integrated into an ecological framework. An ethological model for the wolverine is proposed that reveals an intricate social organization, which is driven by variable resource availability within extremely large territories and supports social behaviour that underpins offspring development.

Keywords:   Wolverine, ethology, paternal care, paternal-investment polygyny, resource-dispersion hypothesis, social organization

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