The nature and frequency of social interactions among free-living prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster)

@article{Mcguire1998TheNA,
  title={The nature and frequency of social interactions among free-living prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster)},
  author={Betty Mcguire and Lowell L. Getz},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={43},
  pages={271-279}
}
Hypotheses relating the behavior of voles to their population cycles often assume that the rate of social interaction increases with population density. To test this assumption, we examined the frequency of social interactions in a population of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) over a 7-year period. In addition, we characterized space use by resident animals, patterns of visitation by nonresidents to nests, and participants in social interactions. Social groups within the population… CONTINUE READING
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