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Volume 2 Issue 12, December 2018

Migration matters

Predators, such a brown bears, often rely on intercepting prey species, like Pacific salmon, during their annual migrations. This coupling of movements between migratory prey and resident predators may vary widely among taxa and ecosystems, with ecological consequences across whole communities.

See Furey et al

Image: Jonathan Armstrong, Oregon State University. Cover Design: Bethany Vukomanovic.


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  • Migratory species are often exploited by resident predators. Here, the authors review the extent to which prey induce large-scale movements of predators, and outline a framework for the ecological consequences of coupled migrations.

    • Nathan B. Furey
    • Jonathan B. Armstrong
    • Scott G. Hinch
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