Quantifying dominance of adult female white-tailed deer in the presence of abundant food ES Michel, S Demarais, BK Strickland, JL Belant… - Brill, 2015 Mississippi

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ES Michel, S Demarais, BK Strickland, JL Belant… - Brill, 2015 Mississippi
 ... Dominance is a behavioural mechanism that allows individuals to access and monopolize resources which should ultimately improve their fitness. Hierarchy strength should be strongest when resources are limited ... We demonstrate that hierarchy strength was weak in the presence of abundant food resources and suggest the possibility that dominance is a plastic behaviour that may vary with resource abundance...


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