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Seasonal Deer Browse Preference for Tupelo and Green Ash

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Abstract:

In a cut-over bottomland of eastern North Carolina, tupelo was preferred over green ash except in the spring when ash but not tupelo leaves had appeared. Browsing occurred throughout the growing season, tapering off in late fall and winter and ceasing in February and March. There was no detectable difference in preference between nursery stock and wildlings or in height growth between exposed and protected seedlings. Damage by caterpillars in August resembles deer browsing so closely that it could inflate deer damage estimates by as much as 30 percent.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Wildlife and Forestry, Department of Zoology, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, N.C.

Publication date: January 1, 1973

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