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Efficacy of Wolfin to Repel Black-Tailed Deer

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Abstract:

Deer and elk provide many desirable recreational opportunities but also can cause severe conflicts with humans. Excluding them from agricultural resources or from roadways is desirable, but fencing is expensive. A chemical barrier would offer a feasible alternative to reduce damage caused by deer. A series of three tests was conducted to assess whether black-tailed deer avoided areas treated with Wolfin, a synthetic predator odor. Wolfin failed to repel deer during any of these trials. We conclude that Wolfin, as applied within this study, is unlikely to reduce problems caused by free-ranging deer. West. J. Appl. For. 16(4):182-186.

Keywords: Black-tailed deer; Odocoileus hemionus columbianus; Wolfin; chemical fence; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; predator odor; repellents

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: College of Natural Resource Sciences, P.O. Box 64610 Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99161 2: United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center, 9730-B Lathrop Industrial Drive, Olympia, WA, 98512

Publication date: 2001-10-01

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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 Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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