Social rank, feeding and winter weight loss in red deer: any evidence of interference competition?

@article{Veiberg2003SocialRF,
  title={Social rank, feeding and winter weight loss in red deer: any evidence of interference competition?},
  author={Vebj\orn Veiberg and Leif Egil Loe and Atle Mysterud and Rolf Langvatn and Nils Chr. Stenseth},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2003},
  volume={138},
  pages={135-142}
}
During winter at northern latitudes, large herbivores often exploit patches of concentrated, relatively high quality forage, which may lead to interference competition. The factors affecting success in contests and subsequent dominance rank, such as age and body weight, remain key issues in ungulate behavioural ecology. Maternal effects on offspring body weight are well known, but few studies have investigated if mother’s social rank influence offspring rank. Moreover, no study has related… CONTINUE READING