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Seasonal Influences Help Guide Cougar Prey Selection

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avatar Seasonal Influences Help Guide Cougar Prey Selection
November 30, 2010 02:04PM
ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2010) — As predators, cougars tend to select prey animals that are weaker and easier to attack during certain seasons, according to results of a new study. The authors' study of cougar predation from 1998 to 2008 in west-central Alberta, Canada, aimed to answer four questions: •How many ungulates, or hooved animals, do cougars kill? •How does season influence cougar predation? •What effect does cougar population structure have on predation rates? •Do cougars target vulnerable prey?

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