Abstract

Title:  Management implications of white-tailed deer home ranges.
Author(s): Inglis, J. M.
Year: 1980
Abstract: Home ranging is carried out by deer belonging to matriarchical or fraternal groups. Two "floater" classes of males do not home range. A home range theory for white-tailed deer will be presented. Placement of individual home ranges is a function of sociological as well as ecological causes - deer seem to be "held in placen by an individualized hierarchical social matrix. Individual animals become behaviorally "habituatedn to local conditions in the habitat mosaic -there are "brush", "prairie" and other types of deer. There are more deer in "good" than in "bad" parts of the habitat mosaic as evaluated by utilities determined by deer habitat requirements. Certain rather highly localized places which have high utilities are used in common by members of social groups, members of different social groups, and floater deer while other places nearby, with apparent ecological equivalence, are not.

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