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Adult Prairie Dogs Dig Living In Mom’s Burrow

Like many humans, most young animals approaching adulthood tend to leave their parents and siblings and strike out on their own. They want to avoid competing with relatives. They want to avoid incest. In certain species, they want to avoid nagging. But a new paper published in Thursday’s Science shows there’s at least one species […]

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Prairie dogs disperse when all close kin have disappeared

Mar. 7, 2013 — Prairie dogs pull up stakes and look for a new place to live when all their close kin have disappeared from their home territory–a striking pattern of dispersal that has not been observed for any other species. This is according to a new study published in Science by behavioral ecologist John […]

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