Population Reactions of Selected Game Species to Aerial Herbicide Applications in South Texas
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CitationBeasom, S. L., & Scifres, C. J. (1977). Population reactions of selected game species to aerial herbicide applications in south Texas. Journal of Range Management, 30(2), 138-142.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractAerial spraying 80% of a mature honey mesquite brushland in alternating strips with 2,4,5-T + picloram (1:1) at 1.12 kg/ha did not adversely affect populations of white-tailed deer, nilgai antelope, wild turkeys, or feral hogs. Complete treatment (100% sprayed) apparently exceeded the threshold of suitability for all game species surveyed except nilgai antelope. White-tailed deer densities were inversely correlated with production and species diversity of forb populations following aerial spraying. With restoration of the forbs at 27 months after treatment, there were no differences among treatments in deer numbers. Javelina populations, apparently as a result of controlling pricklypear, were significantly reduced by both spray treatments. Reductions in javelina densities were apparent at the final census, 27 months after herbicide application.