Abstract

Title:  Tag Returns from Deer Captured in Mississippi
Author(s): Harry A. Jacobson, Mississippi State University; Susan Bothwn, Madison, Wisconsin; Daniel Coggin and Jacob Bowman, Mississippi State University; Daniel Cotton and Daniel Lewis,David C. Guynn, Jr.,
Year: 1997
Abstract: Between 1979 and 1995 we captured, tagged and released 495 male and 441 female deer in Mississippi. Tag returns, at death, were obtained for 57% of the males and 31 % of the females. We recorded both capture and death locations for 159 males and 58 females. For analysis, distance from capture to recovery site was related to age at capture, regardless of age at death. Males died (X+- 2 S.E.) 6.3 +-1.6 km, 2.7 +-1.0 km, and 1.9 +-0.2 km, from their capture site, when tagged as fawns, yearlings or > 2 years at capture, respectively .Females, when tagged as fawns, yearlings, or > 2 years, respectively, died 3.0 +- 1.9 km, 0.5+-0.3 km, and 1.5+-1.1 km from capture sites. No male that was >2 years (n =52), at capture, and only one female that was > 2 year (n = 34), at capture, died > 6 km from their capture site. Ten percent of males (n =50), but no females (n = 6), captured as yearlings, died > 6 km from their capture location. In contrast, 42% of males (n=52) and 28 % of females (n = 18), captured as fawns, died > 6 km distance from their capture site. Further, 60 % of all males and 82 % of all females, that were > 2 years at capture, died within 2 km of their capture site. Fifty-six percent of males and 100% of females captured as yearlings, died within 2 km distance of capture sites, and 35% of males and 50% of females captured as fawns died within 2 km of their capturL site. These data indicate dispersal in male and female deer occurred primarily between 6-18 months of age and that once deer reach > 2 years of age they have strong home range affinity.

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