Effects of Hierarchy Rank on Caching Frequency in a Captive Coywolf (Eastern Coyote) Canis latrans × lycaon, Pack
Keywords:Coywolf, Canis latrans × lycaon, Eastern Coyote, Canis latrans var., caching, dominance, food burying, hierarchy, Massachusetts
Caching is useful because it ensures a consistent supply of food for animals. However, there is a relative paucity of data concerning which members of canid social units make the most caches. We provide data indicating that dominant members of a captive Coywolf “Eastern Coyote”, (Canis latrans × lycaon) pack did the majority (78%, n = 46 of 59) of caching. Caching is a common activity stereotypically performed by canids, and dominant members of a social unit tend to cache more often.
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