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Critical Thinking Questions

Behavior and Survival

Behavior and Survival

  1. Some animals hunt in groups. But other animals hunt alone. What advantages might hunting alone offer to a predator? Would hunting alone be better for large or small predators? Is the prey likelier to be large or small? Would hunting alone be better for predators that chase their prey? Or would it be better for predators that ambush their prey?
  2. Scientists have observed coyotes and badgers hunting together. Coyotes are good at running. Badgers are good at digging. Why might they hunt together? What kinds of animals might they hunt together? Can you think of other examples of different species that cooperate?
  3. Bats are able to use sound to hunt insects. Other animals also use sound to hunt. For example, dolphins use sound to hunt fish. Dolphins produce sounds of such intensity that fish can be temporarily stunned. What other advantages might hunting with sound provide to dolphins? Why might sound be more useful than sight in the water? How else might dolphins use sound to help them hunt?