The relative importance of prey density and social dominance in determining energy intake by bears feeding on Pacific salmon

@inproceedings{Gende2004TheRI,
  title={The relative importance of prey density and social dominance in determining energy intake by bears feeding on Pacific salmon},
  author={Scott M. Gende and Thomas P. Quinn},
  year={2004}
}
We quantified foraging behavior of brown bears (Ursus arctos) feeding on adult chum (Oncorhynchus keta) and pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) at three small coastal streams in southeastern Alaska from streamside tree stands. These observations revealed that social dominance was much more important in determining intake rates among bears than salmon densities. Each small stream supported one large, socially dominant bear that directly displaced other bears in aggressive encounters or was… CONTINUE READING
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