[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
RE: Theropod "migrations" (incorrect citation)
With regard to the wolf attack on a man:
I gave the citation incorrectly because I was responding off the top of my
The correct citation is:
Joel Sartore describes a wolf attack on him by wolves he was photographing
Yellowstone. The key here is that wolves in Yellowstone are habituated to
under conditions in which the humans are not credible threats.
Habituation is an important part of the behavior pattern of all animals and
animal behavior scientists always take it into account, since it can distort
inter-group reaction (e.g. primates) that are the subjects of some studies.
>From the account in American Photo it is not clear whether the attack was
a predator-prey or a predator territorial or pack protection reaction. If
then that may explain why he was allowed to retreat.
> From: Chris Campbell[SMTP:Sankarah@ix.netcom.com]
> Reply To: Sankarah@ix.netcom.com
> Sent: Monday, April 26, 1999 2:30 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Theropod "migrations"
> "Derkits, Gustav E, JR (Gus)" wrote:
> > Hungry animals eat available food.
> > Well-documented cases:
> > 1. Farley Mowat spent a lot of time observing wolves hunt mice.
> Of course, Mowat's also a hack, having made up much of his so-called
> "research" and stealing much of it from other researchers. Murie and
> Mech have observed the same behaviors in wolves, however. Mice are
> apparently a staple during the summer months.
> > 2. Holes in fossil ancestral hominid skulls once interpreted as evidence
> > of homicide have been shown to fit the dentary of a leopard quite well.
> Even today leopards are fond of primates, including humans. Along with
> tigers they're the big cats most likely to attack humans.
> > 3. The latest issue of Amateur Photographer contains a reasonably
> > reliable anecdote of a photographer who became a prey animal for
> > the wolves he was photographing. He escaped by using his flash.
> I find that nearly impossible to believe. Wolves tend to be terrified
> of humans, and avoid them whenever possible. None of the literature on
> wolves indicates the slightest tendency toward threatening humans.
> Dogs, however, are another matter (there are several ways to interpret
> that last line, all of them pretty accurate).
> > 4. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey black bears raid bird feeders
> > regularly.
> Heheh. Haven't heard about it but I believe it. Bears will eat
> > 5. Hyenas can eat marrow extracted from the bones of
> > dried carcasses.
> And they love it! Hyena jaws are actually adapted to crack open bones.
> They don't just do this in extremis -- it's SOP.
> > Recommended reading:
> > The Behavior Guide to Africa's Mammals : Including Hoofed
> > Mammals, Carnivores, Primates [Paperback]
> > By: Richard Despard Estes,
> > available from Amazon.com
> Yes, it's a very handy book. Also useful are Gittleman's Carnivore
> Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution volumes, put out by Cornell.