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Vocal Cues Help Male Deer Decide To Fight Or Keep Their Distance During Mating Season
2014-02-10 12:39:15

[ Watch The Video: Two Male Fallow Deer in Competition ] Queen Mary, University of London Previous studies have shown that male fallow deer, known as bucks, can call for a mate more than 3000 times per hour during the rut (peak of the mating season), and their efforts in calling, fighting and mating can leave them sounding hoarse. In this new study, published today (10 February) in the journal Behavioral Ecology, scientists were able to gauge that fallow bucks listen to the sound...

Prairie Dog Polygamy Pros And Cons
2013-12-05 09:09:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While polygamy can increase the risk of exposure to diseases and parasites, the likelihood that female prairie dogs will give birth to more offspring often makes mating with more than one male worth the risk, new research claims. The paper, which was prepared by behavioral ecologist John Hoogland of University of Maryland, reported that the herbivorous rodents that mated with multiple males were likely to rear more offspring...

2011-12-14 14:39:37

A new study of the mating habits of mountain goats reveals the vastly different strategies of males in different populations and could shed light on the unseen impacts of hunting. A Durham University-led research team found that male chamois (a species of wild goat-antelope) adopt different strategies in different populations in order to succeed in the rut: some put a lot of energy in at a young age, while others wait until they are much older. Researchers looking at neighboring...

2011-01-14 18:54:16

Wild red deer on the Isle of Rum, which were featured in the BBC TV series Autumnwatch, are rutting earlier in the year, a study shows. Scientists believe the annual rutting season on the Isle of Rum could be changing because of warming spring and summer temperatures. The study shows that the rutting and calving seasons are now up to two weeks earlier on average compared with 30 years ago. The research was based on a 38-year study of the ecology of red deer on the Isle of Rum and used annual...

2010-12-07 10:31:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Does the moon affect the rut in Pennsylvania? How old do bucks get in Pennsylvania? Have you heard about the new Pennsylvania record buck? Where is the deer program headed for the next 10 years? If you are curious about the answers to these questions, take a moment and visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and you'll find answers to these and many other questions in the "Pennsylvania White-Tailed...

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2010-10-27 06:10:00

A giant red stag believed to be the UK's biggest wild animal was killed for its antlers, according to reports on Tuesday. "The Emperor of Exmoor," as the beast has been dubbed, was named after the southwestern area where the stag frequented. The deer, which was about 12 years old, weighed more than 300 pounds, and stood more than 9 feet tall was found close to the road dead in the county of Devon. It is believed that a licensed hunter is responsible for legally killing the stag. But the...

2009-09-15 14:21:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today advised motorists to slow down after sundown and before sunrise to reduce their risk of having a close encounter with a white-tailed deer. Deer collisions are an annual occurrence that will continue through Thanksgiving week and begin to slow down in mid-December. For the sake of public safety, the Game Commission is urging motorists to drive cautiously after dark for...

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2009-05-20 07:40:03

Fallow deer become hoarse when trying to attract a mate, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. Writing in the journal Animal Behavior, Dr Alan McElligott from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has found that male fallow deer (bucks) can call for a mate more than 3000 times per hour during the peak of the mating season. Their prolonged vocal efforts cause their call structure to break down, leaving them hoarse. During the mating season known as...


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Alpine Ibex, Capra ibex
2012-08-24 16:23:24

The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) can be found in the European Alps. It is locally known as the Steinbock in German, the bouquetin in French, the kozorog in Slovenian, and the stambecco in Italian. Its range was once restricted to Northern Italy in the Gran Paradiso National Park, but now comprises nearly all of the European Alps including France, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, and Switzerland. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas near the snowline on the edge of forests. It can be found at...

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2006-12-12 11:32:09

The White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), also known as the Virginia deer, is a medium-sized deer found throughout most of the continental United States, southern Canada, Mexico, Central America and northern portions of South America as far south as Peru. The species is most common east of the American cordillera, and is absent from much of the western United States, including Nevada, Utah and California. There are populations of Arizona (couesi) and Carmen Mountain's (carminis)...

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2006-11-11 18:14:40

The Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a deer whose habitat is in the western half of North America. It gets its name from its large mule-like ears. Its closest relative is the Black-tailed Deer. The two species often share natural habitats, and can be mistaken for one another. The most noticeable differences between the two are the color of their tails, and their antlers. The Mule Deer's tail is black tipped. Mule Deer antlers "fork" as they grow rather than growing and expanding forward....

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2006-09-25 17:28:09

Contrary to popular belief, the Rocky Mountain elk was not an animal of the plains that retreated to the mountains because of the encroachment of man. Elk always lived in the Rocky Mountains. Rocky Mountain elk currently inhabit the Rocky Mountains from central British Columbia and Alberta through Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, northeastern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, the western portions of North and South Dakota. There are scattered populations...

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  • Boughs or branches.
  • Warbling of birds in trees.
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