Maternal characteristics and environment affect the costs of reproduction in female mountain goats.

  title={Maternal characteristics and environment affect the costs of reproduction in female mountain goats.},
  author={Sandra Hamel and Steeve D. C{\^o}t{\'e} and Marco Festa-Bianchet},
  volume={91 7},
Reproduction should reduce resources available for somatic investment and result in fundamental trade-offs among life-history traits. Using 18 years of longitudinal data from marked mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus), we assessed whether reproductive status affected female survival and future reproduction when accounting for parity, age, individual quality, population density, and environmental conditions. Reproduction reduced the probability of parturition and offspring survival in the… CONTINUE READING
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