Daily movements of female white-tailed deer relative to parturition and breeding.

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Abstract: To assess how white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herd demographics influence reproductive behaviors, we examined 24-h diel movements of female whitetailed deer relative to parturition and breeding in a low-density population with a near even sex ratio at the Savannah River Site (SRS), South Carolina. We conducted a series of intensive, 24-h radio-tracking periods of 13 females during spring and fall 2002. We compared daily range (ha), rate of travel (m/h), and distance between extreme daily locations (m), among the periods of pre-parturition and post-parturition and pre-, peak-, and post-rut. From pre-parturition to post-parturition, we observed decreases in diel range ... continued below

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D'Angelo, Gino J.; Comer, Christopher E.; Kilgo, John C.; Drennan, Cory D.; Osborn, David A. & Miller, Karl V. October 1, 2005.

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    Publisher Info: USDA Forest Service, Savannah River, New Ellenton, SC
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Abstract: To assess how white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herd demographics influence reproductive behaviors, we examined 24-h diel movements of female whitetailed deer relative to parturition and breeding in a low-density population with a near even sex ratio at the Savannah River Site (SRS), South Carolina. We conducted a series of intensive, 24-h radio-tracking periods of 13 females during spring and fall 2002. We compared daily range (ha), rate of travel (m/h), and distance between extreme daily locations (m), among the periods of pre-parturition and post-parturition and pre-, peak-, and post-rut. From pre-parturition to post-parturition, we observed decreases in diel range size (–38.2%), distance between extreme diel locations (–17.0%), and diel rate of travel (–18.2%). Diel range size, distance between extreme diel locations, and diel rate of travel during the pre-rut and rut exceeded those observed during post-rut. We further identified substantial increases in mobility during 12 24-h diel periods for eight females during our fall monitoring. Our data suggest that female white-tailed deer reduce mobility post-fawning following exaggerated movements during pre-parturition. Furthermore, despite a near equal sex ratio, estrous does may be required to actively seek potential mates due to low population density.

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  • Journal Name: Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies; Journal Volume: 58; Conference: Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies

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  • Grant Number: AI09-00SR22188
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 859307
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D'Angelo, Gino J.; Comer, Christopher E.; Kilgo, John C.; Drennan, Cory D.; Osborn, David A. & Miller, Karl V. Daily movements of female white-tailed deer relative to parturition and breeding., article, October 1, 2005; New Ellenton, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc788571/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.