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Mountain Lion Behavior: Necessity Drives Urban Penetration


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 March 2018

 

Mountain Lion Behavior

Necessity Drives Urban Penetration

Hunger guides mountain lions' actions to enter residential areas,
Colorado State University, March 12, 2018.

"... the animals are generally fearful of and avoid humans, hunger can dampen that fear."

"...a point when a mountain lion is hungry enough that it may use back yards to hunt for food, similar to what takes place in the wild."

"Animals that had not eaten in more than four to seven days showed little to no avoidance of the higher housing densities."

"...a growing body of evidence indicating that an animal's energetic state is very important in the decision-making process; animals will make riskier choices when hunger beckons,"... This is likely the same for all animals, whether it is mountain lions, rabbits, birds, or even humans."

 

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