# Wolf Sheep Stride Inheritance

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## WHAT IS IT?

This model is a variation on the predator-prey ecosystems model wolf-sheep predation.

In this model, predator and prey can inherit a stride length, which describes how far forward they move in each model time step. When wolves and sheep reproduce, the children inherit the parent's stride length -- though it may be mutated.

## HOW IT WORKS

At initialization wolves have a stride of INITIAL-WOLF-STRIDE and sheep have a stride of INITIAL-SHEEP-STRIDE. Wolves and sheep wander around the world moving STRIDE-LENGTH in a random direction at each step. Sheep eat grass and wolves eat sheep, as in the Wolf Sheep Predation model. When wolves and sheep reproduce, they pass their stride length down to their young. However, there is a chance that the stride length will mutate, becoming slightly larger or smaller than that of its parent.

## HOW TO USE IT

INITIAL-NUMBER-SHEEP: The initial size of sheep population

INITIAL-NUMBER-WOLVES: The initial size of wolf population

Half a unit of energy is deducted from each wolf and sheep at every time step. If STRIDE-LENGTH-PENALTY? is on, additional energy is deducted, scaled to the length of stride the animal takes (e.g., 0.5 stride deducts an additional 0.5 energy units each step).

WOLF-STRIDE-DRIFT and SHEEP-STRIDE-DRIFT: How much variation an offspring of a wolf or a sheep can have in its stride length compared to its parent. For example, if set to 0.4, then an offspring might have a stride length up to 0.4 less than the parent or 0.4 more than the parent.

## THINGS TO NOTICE

WOLF STRIDE HISTOGRAM and SHEEP STRIDE HISTOGRAM will show how the population distribution of different animal strides is changing.

In general, sheep get faster over time and wolves get slower or move at the same speed. Sheep get faster in part, because remaining on a square with no grass is less advantageous than moving to new locations to consume grass that is not eaten. Sheep typically converge on an average stride length close to 1. Why do you suppose it is not advantageous for sheep stride length to keep increasing far beyond 1?

If you turn STRIDE-LENGTH-PENALTY? off, sheep will become faster over time, but will not stay close to a stride length of 1. Instead they will become faster and faster, effectively jumping over multiple patches with each simulation step.

## THINGS TO TRY

Try adjusting the parameters under various settings. How sensitive is the stability of the model to the particular parameters?

Can you find any parameters that generate a stable ecosystem where there are at least two distinct groups of sheep or wolves with different average stride lengths?

## EXTENDING THE MODEL

Add a cone of vision for sheep and wolves that allows them to chase or run away from each other. Make this an inheritable trait.

## NETLOGO FEATURES

This model uses two breeds of turtle to represent wolves and sheep.

## RELATED MODELS

Wolf Sheep Predation, Bug Hunt Speeds

## HOW TO CITE

If you mention this model in a publication, we ask that you include these citations for the model itself and for the NetLogo software:

- Novak, M. and Wilensky, U. (2006). NetLogo Wolf Sheep Stride Inheritance model. http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/models/WolfSheepStrideInheritance. Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
- Wilensky, U. (1999). NetLogo. http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/. Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

## COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright 2006 Uri Wilensky.

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Commercial licenses are also available. To inquire about commercial licenses, please contact Uri Wilensky at uri@northwestern.edu.

## Comments and Questions

globals [ max-energy ;; the maximum amount of energy any animal can have min-energy ;; the minimum amount of energy an animal needs to reproduce max-stride ;; the maximum stride length, the minimum stride length is 0, ;; the stride will always be between these limits wolf-gain-from-food ;; energy units wolves get for eating sheep-gain-from-food ;; energy units sheep get for eating sheep-reproduce ;; probability that sheep will reproduce at each time step wolf-reproduce ;; probability that wolves will reproduce at each time step grass-regrowth-time ;; number of ticks before eaten grass regrows. ] breed [sheep a-sheep] breed [wolves wolf] turtles-own [ energy stride-length ] patches-own [ countdown ] ;; patches countdown until they regrow to setup clear-all ;; initialize constant values set max-stride 3 set min-energy 200 set max-energy 500 set wolf-gain-from-food 20 set sheep-gain-from-food 20 set sheep-reproduce 5 set wolf-reproduce 6 set grass-regrowth-time 138 ;; setup the grass ask patches [ set pcolor green ] ask patches [ set countdown random grass-regrowth-time ;; initialize grass grow clocks randomly if random 2 = 0 ;;half the patches start out with grass [ set pcolor brown ] ] set-default-shape sheep "sheep" create-sheep initial-number-sheep ;; create the sheep, then initialize their variables [ set color white set stride-length initial-sheep-stride set size max-stride ;; easier to see set energy random max-energy setxy random-xcor random-ycor ] set-default-shape wolves "wolf" create-wolves initial-number-wolves ;; create the wolves, then initialize their variables [ set color black set stride-length initial-wolf-stride set size max-stride ;; easier to see set energy random max-energy setxy random-xcor random-ycor ] reset-ticks end to go if not any? turtles [ stop ] ask sheep [ move ;; sheep always loose 0.5 units of energy each tick set energy energy - 0.5 ;; if larger strides use more energy ;; also deduct the energy for the distance moved if stride-length-penalty? [ set energy energy - stride-length ] eat-grass maybe-die reproduce-sheep ] ask wolves [ move ;; wolves always loose 0.5 units of energy each tick set energy energy - 0.5 ;; if larger strides use more energy ;; also deduct the energy for the distance moved if stride-length-penalty? [ set energy energy - stride-length ] catch-sheep maybe-die reproduce-wolves ] ask patches [ grow-grass ] tick end to move ;; turtle procedure rt random-float 50 lt random-float 50 fd stride-length end to eat-grass ;; sheep procedure ;; sheep eat grass, turn the patch brown if pcolor = green [ set pcolor brown set energy energy + sheep-gain-from-food ;; sheep gain energy by eating if energy > max-energy [ set energy max-energy ] ] end to reproduce-sheep ;; sheep procedure reproduce sheep-reproduce sheep-stride-length-drift end to reproduce-wolves ;; wolf procedure reproduce wolf-reproduce wolf-stride-length-drift end to reproduce [reproduction-chance drift] ;; turtle procedure ;; throw "dice" to see if you will reproduce if random-float 100 < reproduction-chance and energy > min-energy [ set energy (energy / 2 ) ;; divide energy between parent and offspring hatch 1 [ rt random-float 360 fd 1 ;; mutate the stride length based on the drift for this breed set stride-length mutated-stride-length drift ] ] end to-report mutated-stride-length [drift] ;; turtle reporter let l stride-length + random-float drift - random-float drift ;; keep the stride lengths within the accepted bounds if l < 0 [ report 0 ] if stride-length > max-stride [ report max-stride ] report l end to catch-sheep ;; wolf procedure let prey one-of sheep-here if prey != nobody [ ask prey [ die ] set energy energy + wolf-gain-from-food if energy > max-energy [set energy max-energy] ] end to maybe-die ;; turtle procedure ;; when energy dips below zero, die if energy < 0 [ die ] end to grow-grass ;; patch procedure ;; countdown on brown patches, if reach 0, grow some grass if pcolor = brown [ ifelse countdown <= 0 [ set pcolor green set countdown grass-regrowth-time ] [ set countdown countdown - 1 ] ] end ; Copyright 2006 Uri Wilensky. ; See Info tab for full copyright and license.

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