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Tooke, Daniel, 2018. Female behavior affects offspring survival in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). Second cycle, A2E. Grimsö: SLU, Dept. of Ecology



The concept of individual behavior and personality is a convoluted concept within ecology. In essence, how individual variations in behavior may affect an individual’s success in survival and reproduction as compared to other individuals who behave differently. This study aimed to investigate how individual variation in primarily behavior, but also physiological differences, of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) does affected fawn survival during the first two months of life. The study was based upon individuals captured in two areas of central Sweden. A number of variables attributed to behavior and physiology were gathered through trapping of roe deer, using baited box traps. Uncorrelated variables were progressively analyzed through a series of logistic regression models. Three variables were related to fawn survival based upon these models; the average spatial distance between mother and fawn, the mother’s behavior during handling, and, to a lesser degree, release. The negative relationship between fawn survival and distance between mother and fawn is mainly tied to the success rate of protecting her fawn from predators with the doe’s presence. Mother behavior during capture and release was concluded to be tied to levels of vigilance and boldness in the mother; individual behavior which seems to affect fawn survival.

Main title:Female behavior affects offspring survival in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
Authors:Tooke, Daniel
Supervisor:Kjellander, Petter and Bonnot, Nadège
Examiner:Persson, Jens
Series:Självständigt arbete/Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekologi
Volume/Sequential designation:2018:6
Year of Publication:2018
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NK001 Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
Keywords:Capreolus capreolus, mother behaviour, fawn survival, mother personality
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal ecology
Deposited On:05 Jun 2018 13:03
Metadata Last Modified:20 May 2020 10:53

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