Simply put, reforaging is a strategy in which an animal places food items in its home range, where they may be easily found, but it does not actually learn the locations of the food items. Instead, it searches them out. While not as efficient as learned retrieval, reforaging has the advantage of not requiring elaborate mental capabilities. In rodents, reforaging may supersede learned retrieval under moist conditions, when seeds can be retrieved by their scent.

Vander Wall SB 2000 The influence of environmental conditions on cache recovery and cache pilferage by yellow pine chipmunks (Tamias amoenus) and deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). BEHAV ECOL 11 (5): 544-549

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