Abstract

Title:  Home ranging and activity center establishment by white-tailed deer on brush-free Texas Coastal Prairie.
Author(s): Gee, K. L.
Year: 1982
Abstract: White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virainianug) were radiotracked July 1979 -July 1980 on brush-free Texas Coastal Prairie (O'Conner Brothers* Riverside Ranch, Refugio County, Texas). A deer's lifetime activity is limited to a given area called the action area (lifetime range). A deer's seasonal activity is limited to a portion of the action area - the home range. Within the home range, a large proportion of a deer's time is spent at certain localities termed activity centers. Home ranging and activity center establishment were investigated in order to better understand life strategies of deer in a brush-free environment. It was concluded that ranging habits of deer on brush-free Texas Coastal Prairie are similar to those deer in other habitats. Home range sizes ranged from 68.0-133.8 ha. The area associated with activity centers ranged from 5.3-13.8 ha. A variety of activity center use-patterns was observed. Differential use-patterns were evident for some activity centers, while others were used at any time of the day. In determining the nature and extent of social and ecological factors contributing to activity center establishment, it was concluded that ecological factors are probably more important than sociological factors.

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