Immunocontraception decreases group fidelity in a feral horse population during the non-breeding season

@inproceedings{Nuez2009ImmunocontraceptionDG,
  title={Immunocontraception decreases group fidelity in a feral horse population during the non-breeding season},
  author={Cassandra M. V. Nu{\~n}ez and James S. Adelman and Carolyn Mason and Ian D Rubenstein},
  year={2009}
}
The behavioral effects of the immunocontraceptive agent porcine zona pellucida (PZP) have not been adequately studied. Important managerial decisions for several species, including the wild horse (Equus caballus), have been based on this limited research. We studied 30 horses on Shackleford Banks, North Carolina, USA to determine the effects of PZP contraception on female fidelity to the harem male. We examined two classes of females: contracepts, recipients of the PZP vaccine (n = 22); and… CONTINUE READING

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