Effect of simulated hunting during the rut on reproduction and movement of Coues white-tailed deer
AuthorBristow, Kirby Dale, 1964-
KeywordsAgriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.
AdvisorSmith, N. S.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractI examined the influence of human disturbance on Coues white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus couesi) by subjecting deer within separate but similar areas to different levels of disturbance during breeding seasons, 1990-91 and 1991-92. Marked does (n=7) were seldom found outside their harmonic mean core areas (χ² = 7.140, 6 df), or harmonic mean home ranges (χ² = 1.030, 6 df). In summer 1992, I collected reproductive information from 10 adult females within each area. Fetal rates within the control and treatment areas were 1.3 fetuses/female and 1.1 fetuses/female, respectively. The corpora albicantia counts, reflecting the 1991 fetal rate, were 0.9 for the control, and 1.1 for the treatment areas. Calculated conception dates within both areas showed a peak in early January and their distributions were not significantly different (P=0.32). There was no difference in reproduction or movement in response to increased disturbance of 60 hunter-days/15km².