A preliminary study of the rutting behaviour of Tatra chamois Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica
AbstractThe behaviour of Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) during the rut was studied in the Belianske Tatry Mts., Slovakia. Observations were carried out on a total of 16 days between the 2nd of November and the 12th of December 2013, during which 35 animal hours were recorded using portable camcorders. The study focused on behavioural patterns of rutting males. A comparison of rut behaviour pattern frequencies between R.r. tatrica and R.r. rupicapra suggests the existence of certain behavioural differences between these subspecies. Further studies are needed to confirm the differences and understand their significance.
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