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1 August 2012 Conflicting research on the demography, ecology, and social behavior of Gunnison's prairie dogs ( Cynomys gunnisoni)
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Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) are rare, diurnal, colonial, burrowing, ground-dwelling squirrels. Studies of marked individuals living under natural conditions in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s showed that males are heavier than females throughout the year; that adult females living in the same territory are consistently close kin; and that females usually mate with the sexually mature male(s) living in the home territory. Research from 2007 through 2010 challenges all 3 of these findings. Here we discuss how different methods might have led to the discrepancies.

John L. Hoogland, Jack F. Cully, Linda S. Rayor, and James P. Fitzgerald "Conflicting research on the demography, ecology, and social behavior of Gunnison's prairie dogs ( Cynomys gunnisoni)," Journal of Mammalogy 93(4), 1075-1085, (1 August 2012). https://doi.org/10.1644/11-MAMM-A-034.3
Received: 31 January 2011; Accepted: 1 August 2011; Published: 1 August 2012
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