Scattered, Episode 3 – canid behaviour

Episode 3 is now live!

Check it out here: https://yvonnekjorlien.com/2020/11/08/scattered-episode-03-interview-with-dr-shelley-alexander/

Photo credit: Athena on Pixels

Scattered is now also available on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/scattered/id1538054709

Dr. Shelley Alexander is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She specializes in canid (dog species, including wolves, coyotes, domestic dogs) behaviour, and uses non-invasive approaches (like tracking) to observe their movements and infer their behaviour. In this episode we talk about:

  • Shelley’s research and how biogeography and zoogeography fit within a department of Geography
  • The invasiveness of tracking an animal via a radio collar
  • The “cognitive map” that canids use to survey their home territory
  • How a canid may discover a dead body (or carrion) and scavenge it
  • That trails used by canids could also be used for the recovery of remains
  • Possible canid behaviours around scavenging carrion, including moving scavenged pieces far from the body

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