Influence of Brush Control on White-tailed Deer Diets in North-Central Texas
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CitationQuinton, D. A., Horejsi, R. G., & Flinders, J. T. (1979). Influence of brush control on white-tailed deer diets in north-central Texas. Journal of Range Management, 32(2), 93-97.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractBotanical composition of white-tailed deer fecal pellets from untreated and brush-controlled areas of the Texas Rolling Plains was studied by microscopic analysis. Deer showed a marked preference for 11 of 54 plant species selected as food from a total of 250 identified on the study area. The bulk of the diet was comprised of mistletoe on non-brush control areas and of prickly-pear on brush-controlled areas. Similarity indices relating habitat across diets as well as diets across a habitat indicated that several habitats had preferred foods removed. These habitats also had low populations of deer. Brush control involving limited removal of noxious species affected dietary selection of deer but did not appear to affect overall deer usage of the habitats studied.