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Seasonal Feeding Habits of an Enclosed High Density White-Tailed Deer Herd in Northern Ohio

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dc.creator Rose, Jack en_US
dc.creator Harder, John D. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-07-07T02:15:21Z
dc.date.available 2006-07-07T02:15:21Z
dc.date.issued 1985-09 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Ohio Journal of Science. v85, n4 (September, 1985), 184-190 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-0950 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/23089
dc.description Author Institution: Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University en_US
dc.description.abstract Seasonal feeding habits of the white-tailed deer {Odocoileus virginianus) herd on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Plum Brook Station, near Sandusky, Ohio, were determined by microscopic analysis of rumen contents. At the time of this study, 2,499 — 94 (95% C.I.) deer inhabited the area, a density of 115 deer/km2. Deer grazed year-round, and in spite of a record high density, overall health of the herd was high. During a winter with deep snow cover, grass consumption decreased almost 50% when compared with the previous winter with light snow cover. Consumption of dead deciduous leaves approximately doubled during the same period. Neither snow depth nor inclement weather had any observable effect on the amount of woody browse in the diets; consumption of this food remained low during all seasons. en_US
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dc.title Seasonal Feeding Habits of an Enclosed High Density White-Tailed Deer Herd in Northern Ohio en_US