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Effect of Direct and Indirect Cues of Predation Risk on the Foraging Behavior of the White-Footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

Fanson, Benjamin G 2010, Effect of Direct and Indirect Cues of Predation Risk on the Foraging Behavior of the White-Footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus), Northeastern Naturalist, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 19-28, doi: 10.1656/045.017.0102.

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Title Effect of Direct and Indirect Cues of Predation Risk on the Foraging Behavior of the White-Footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)
Author(s) Fanson, Benjamin G
Journal name Northeastern Naturalist
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 28
Total pages 10
Publisher Eagle Hill Institute
Place of publication Steuben, Me.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1092-6194
Keyword(s) White-footed mouse
Summary Understanding predator-prey dynamics requires an understanding of how prey assess predation risk. This study tested the effect of microhabitat, moon stages, and mammalian predator urines (Vulpes vulpes [Red Fox], Mustela vison [Mink], and Procyon lotor [Raccoon]) on the degree of predation risk perceived by Peromyscus leucopus (White-footed Mouse). Giving-up densities from artificial food patches were used to quantify perceived predation risk. White-footed Mice exhibited a strong preference for cover microhabitat and for the new moon stage. However, the mice did not significantly alter their foraging behavior in response to the predator urines compared to a water control. Additionally, mice foraged less on colder nights. The results suggest that mammalian predator urines may not provide reliable information on actual predation risk for the White-footed Mice and that the mice extensively use indirect cues to assess predation risk.
Language eng
DOI 10.1656/045.017.0102
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Eagle Hill Institute
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061361

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Open Access Collection
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