Understanding the influences of immunocontraception of equids through competing models of behavior
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The rapid increase in human populations over the last several decades has lead to shrinking habitats and limited resources for many large vertebrates around the world. In response, managers seek effective tools for limiting population growth in some species, yet little is known about impacts of fertility control on the behavioral ecology of wild, free-roaming animals. Feral horses (Equus caballus) in the western United States are ideal candidates for contraceptive management due to broad scale federal protection, high fecundity, and finite public land allocated for them. The complex mating system ...