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The smell of success: Reproductive success related to rub behavior in brown bears

Overview of attention for article published in PLOS ONE, March 2021
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (87th percentile)

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Title
The smell of success: Reproductive success related to rub behavior in brown bears
Published in
PLOS ONE, March 2021
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0247964
Pubmed ID
Authors

Andrea T. Morehouse, Anne E. Loosen, Tabitha A. Graves, Mark S. Boyce

Abstract

Several species of bears are known to rub deliberately against trees and other objects, but little is known about why bears rub. Patterns in rubbing behavior of male and female brown bears (Ursus arctos) suggest that scent marking via rubbing functions to communicate among potential mates or competitors. Using DNA from bear hairs collected from rub objects in southwestern Alberta from 2011-2014 and existing DNA datasets from Montana and southeastern British Columbia, we determined sex and individual identity of each bear detected. Using these data, we completed a parentage analysis. From the parentage analysis and detection data, we determined the number of offspring, mates, unique rub objects where an individual was detected, and sampling occasions during which an individual was detected for each brown bear identified through our sampling methods. Using a Poisson regression, we found a positive relationship between bear rubbing behavior and reproductive success; both male and female bears with a greater number of mates and a greater number of offspring were detected at more rub objects and during more occasions. Our results suggest a fitness component to bear rubbing, indicate that rubbing is adaptive, and provide insight into a poorly understood behaviour.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 17 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 4 24%
Other 3 18%
Researcher 3 18%
Student > Bachelor 2 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 6%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 4 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 35%
Environmental Science 5 29%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 6%
Unknown 5 29%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 123. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 June 2021.
All research outputs
#252,598
of 21,360,625 outputs
Outputs from PLOS ONE
#3,872
of 182,977 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#7,547
of 315,938 outputs
Outputs of similar age from PLOS ONE
#42
of 336 outputs
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