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Using conventional radio-tracking techniques employed by field ecologists, evidence for scale-free (fractal) behaviour in the foraging trajectories of a species of African jackal is presented. It is believed that the particular form of foraging strategy observed here is a response by the jackal to its need to locate resources in an unpredictable environment. The methods used in this study are completely general and can be applied to other radio-tracked species, thus beginning a systematic investigation of foraging strategies in mammals.

Original publication

DOI

10.1034/j.1600-0706.2002.980114.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Oikos

Publication Date

24/08/2002

Volume

98

Pages

134 - 140