Rats on the run: removal of alien terrestrial predators affects bush rat behaviour

@article{Strauss2008RatsOT,
  title={Rats on the run: removal of alien terrestrial predators affects bush rat behaviour},
  author={Axel Strauss and Katrin Y. Solmsdorff and Roger P. Pech and Jens Jacob},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={62},
  pages={1551-1558}
}
Predators can strongly influence the microhabitat use and foraging behaviour of prey. In a large-scale replicated field experiment in East Gippsland, Australia, we tested the effects of reduced alien red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and alien wild dog (Canis lupus familiaris) abundance (treatment) on native bush rat (Rattus fuscipes) behaviour. Bush rats are exposed to two main guilds of predators, namely mammalian carnivores and birds of prey. Tracking rat movements using the spool-and-line technique… 
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