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A Tropical Primate in Alaska

Joel Berger

in The Better to Eat You With

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226043630
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226043647 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.003.0004
A Tropical Primate in Alaska

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This chapter describes the author's interest in the behavior and ecology of moose in Alaska. One of his studies involves the relationship between ravens and moose. Ravens regularly feed on carcasses with eagles, foxes, and smaller scavengers. They might also wait nearby for bears and wolves to finish eating or just join the feast. The author speculates that if moose were savvy to sounds of dangerous species, they might also be responsive to ravens, particularly given the connection between ravens and carnivores at carrion. He has also studied the behavior of moose in areas without dangerous predators and those where big carnivores were reintroduced.

Keywords: moose; Alaska; predators; prey; ravens; carnivores; scavengers

Chapter.  11205 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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