Winter Segregation by the Sexes of White-Tailed Deer
Authors: Brockmann, Stephen P.; Pletscher, Daniel H.
Source: Western Journal of Applied Forestry, Volume 8, Number 1, 1 January 1993 , pp. 28-33(6)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:Winter habitat selection by the sexes of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in west-central Montana was compared. Radio-collared males were concentrated in the eastern 1/3 of the study area, while most females used the western 2/3. The area used by males was at higher elevation, less steep, had less logging, and more trees. Browse plants and twigs were more abundant in the area used by females, but browse use was similar or lower in the area used by males. Our data suggest that males select areas with more dense hiding cover. Where males use areas peripheral to where females winter, dense stands of mature evergreens and adequate hiding cover should be retained adjacent to traditional deer wintering areas. West. J. Appl. For. 8(1):28-33.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812
Publication date: January 1, 1993
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