Amanda Robin (Jacobs lab as undergrad, now completing her UCLA Ph.D. dissertation on squirrel ecology and cognition) and Lucia take on an invited challenge: review the best stuff published on squirrel cognition in the last 5 years (with limited self citation). In 2500 words. For a special issue on “Cognition in the Wild”. We added this graphical abstract.
• Wild squirrels are adapted for a diversity of complex food-hoarding economies.
• Economic decisions in apparently solitary species are driven by social interactions.
• Squirrels exhibit suites of behaviors to reduce their risks of predation and cache loss.
Robin AN, Jacobs LF (2022) The socioeconomics of food hoarding in wild squirrels. Curr Opin Behav Sci 45:101139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2022.101139