Responses of White-Footed Mice and Meadow Voles to Flyovers of an Aerial Predator Silhouette
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v79, n5 (September, 1979), 212-217
The response of white-footed mice and meadow voles to a stylized hawk model pulled overhead was studied. Behavior such as looking up and following the path of the model, immobility, and/or entering a nest can was observed and statistically analyzed. Overall responsiveness peaked as the model passed directly overhead. Stationary models elicited fewer instances of immobility than moving models while significantly increasing the number of white-footed mice that entered nest cans. Meadow voles were more likely to move about the 36 x 20 x 15 cm cage, but not into nest cans, during stop-go flyovers than during non-stop flyovers.
Author Institution: Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University; Department of Poultry and Wildlife Sciences, University of Nebraska
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