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Bark Stripping by White-Tailed Deer in West Virginia

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This paper reports on deer girdling trees by stripping bark. This behavior was documented in a small portion of Monongalia County, West Virginia, and was restricted to slippery elm. Fifty-six percent of all slippery elm examined had bark stripped from trunk or roots. Thirty-five percent of the trees with stripped bark had 90-100% of the trunk girdled. Girdling of the trunk reached as high as 7 ft above ground level. Stripping of bark from roots extended as far as 9 ft from the trunk. This behavior was first noted in 1981 and appears to be increasing. A serious economic impact may result if deer begin stripping bark from commercially valuable trees. North. J. Appl. For. 4:96-97, June 1987.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Division of Forestry, West Virginia University, Morgantown 26506-6125

Publication date: June 1, 1987

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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