Maternal Defensive Behavior of Mountain Goats Against Predation by Golden Eagles

  title={Maternal Defensive Behavior of Mountain Goats Against Predation by Golden Eagles},
  author={Sandra Hamel and Steeve D. C{\^o}t{\'e}},
ABSTRACT. Maternal defensive behavior against predators may appear risky but is common in many species. Herein we describe maternal defensive behavior of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) against Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) predatory attempts. We found that Golden Eagles attacked goats in 1.9% of sightings (n = 311 sightings of active Golden Eagles over 12 years) but were never successful. Mothers always defended their young against Golden Eagle attacks. Predation by Golden Eagles on… Expand
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