Data from: Fear of feces? Trade-offs between disease risk and foraging drive animal activity around raccoon latrines

Sara B. Weinstein, Chad W. Moura, Jon Francis Mendez & Kevin D. Lafferty
Fear of predation alters prey behavior, which can indirectly alter entire landscapes. A parasite-induced ecology of fear might also exist if animals avoid parasite-contaminated resources when infection costs outweigh foraging benefits. To investigate whether animals avoid parasite contaminated sites, and if such avoidance balances disease costs and foraging gains, we monitored animal behavior at raccoon latrines — sites that concentrate both seeds and pathogenic parasite eggs. Using wildlife cameras, we documented over 40 potentially susceptible...
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