Generalization of fear in farm mink, Mustela vison, genetically selected for behaviour towards humans

  title={Generalization of fear in farm mink, Mustela vison, genetically selected for behaviour towards humans},
  author={Jens Malmkvist and Steffen W. Hansen},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Abstract Mink offspring from two genetic lines, selected over 10 generations for confident (C) or fearful (F) reaction towards humans, were exposed to six different tests. The aim was to investigate whether this behavioural selection in mink has affected their reaction in other potentially fear-eliciting situations. A total of 192 naive mink, males and females, were tested over 6 weeks. C-mink had a shorter latency to get near and establish exploratory contact with a human than F-mink. F-mink… 

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