Predators detect the welfare of their potential prey and cull those that are poorly

@inproceedings{Severtsov2017PredatorsDT,
  title={Predators detect the welfare of their potential prey and cull those that are poorly},
  author={A. S. Severtsov and Michael L. Rosenzweig and A. V. Shubkina},
  year={2017}
}
Aim: Test the hypothesis that predators influence the fitness of their prey by taking prey individuals disproportionately in poorer condition. Questions: How do wild, herbivorous animals taken by predators in nature differ from those that survive? Organisms: Wild prey – Saiga tatarica (an antelope) and Lepus europaeus (brown hare). The predator – trained hunting dogs (sighthounds). Methods: We compared the prey taken by sighthounds in the field to those shot by human hunters. We conducted… CONTINUE READING

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