The influence of snow on lynx and coyote movements: does morphology affect behavior?

  title={The influence of snow on lynx and coyote movements: does morphology affect behavior?},
  author={D. Murray and S. Boutin},
  • D. Murray, S. Boutin
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • SummaryWe studied sympatric lynx (Lynx canadensis) and coyotes (Canis latrans) to assess how morphological disadvantages to locomotion over snow affected movement patterns. Both species are of similar size and mass, but the feet of lynx are much larger, and coyotes were found to have 4.1–8.8 times the foot-load (ratio of body mass to foot area) of lynx. This resulted in greater mean sinking depths of coyote limbs, although the magnitude of the difference was less than that in foot-load. Coyotes… CONTINUE READING

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