Table 1 Hypotheses and corresponding predictions.

From: Preference and familiarity mediate spatial responses of a large herbivore to experimental manipulation of resource availability

HypothesesPredictions
H1: roe deer alter their space-use patterns and movement behaviour to track the dynamics in resource availabilityThe closure of the manipulated, familiar feeding site (M) leads to…
P1.1: an increase in home range size
P1.2: a spatial shift in space-use
P1.3: more explorative movements
P1.4a: a reduced use of M
P1.4b: a compensation by using alternate, accessible feeding sites (A)
H2: these behavioural adjustments are mediated by sex and feeding site preferenceP2.1: males respond less markedly to the experimental transitions
P2.2: individuals with a high preference for feeding sites respond more markedly to the experimental transitions
H3: roe deer strive to use familiar resources when accessibleThe re-opening of the manipulated, familiar feeding site (M) leads to…
P3.1: the return of space-use to pre-closure patterns
P3.2: the return of resource use to pre-closure patterns