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At Home on the Range: Prairie Rodents Yield Their Secrets to a Dogged Observer

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Science  08 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6124, pp. 1136-1137
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6124.1136

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To say that John Hoogland is passionate about prairie dogs is an understatement. A behavioral ecologist, he has studied these North American colonial rodents for 40 years, spending months at a time sitting in a blind from dawn to dusk recording the activities of each individual in a colony. On page 1205, Hoogland describes his latest insight: that young female prairie dogs move out of their territories when their close kin go missing.