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The Better to Eat You WithFear in the Animal World$
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Joel Berger

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226043630

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.001.0001

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Among the Naive

Among the Naive

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(p.114) Chapter 7 Among the Naive
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The Better to Eat You With
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Joel Berger

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.003.0008

In 1999, a CNN story that focused on animals in Grand Teton reported that mothers and calves were thriving, but unexpectedly, the number of calves was relatively low. The recent decline dropped the Jackson Hole moose population to the bottom tenth to fifteenth percentile in North America. A second marker of fecundity was also low. Like deer, moose have the capacity to produce twins, an event which occurs only when mothers are healthy with much body fat. Alarmingly, twinning rates in Teton moose had also diminished. This chapter describes the author's efforts to gather data on calf survival with and without mothers, in order to offer information about juvenile survival that would inform hunting policies.

Keywords:   moose, calves, juvenile survival, Grand Teton, Jackson Hole, hunting policies

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