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dc.contributor.authorKillmaster, Charles Henry
dc.description.abstractI evaluated vegetation and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) condition on Red Top Mountain State Park, Georgia one year before and after a herd reduction. After removing 172 deer from the park in 2004, the number of plant species observed increased 31.3%. In 2005, 65 deer were removed and compared to 2004; reproductive rates and body weights of adult females and fawns increased significantly. Thus, 1 year after an 80% reduction in deer density, the initial signs of plant community recovery and deer herd improvement were evident. I also radio-tracked 34 deer on the park to determine movements and responses to human activity. Mean summer home range sizes were small (36.5 [+ 4.5] and 22.5 [+1.7] ha for males and females, respectively). A sub-sample of 8 females that was monitored during 24-hour periods revealed that deer on this park were less active and were located farther from roads and other areas of human activity during daylight hours when traffic volume peaked.
dc.subjectcarrying capacity
dc.subjectherd reduction
dc.subjectunderstory plants
dc.subjectwhite-tailed deer
dc.subjectdeer movements
dc.subjectOdocoileus virginianus
dc.subjectstate park
dc.subjectvehicular traffic
dc.titleMovements and ecology of a high-density deer herd on a Georgia state park
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorRobert J. Warren
dc.description.advisorKarl V. Miller
dc.description.committeeRobert J. Warren
dc.description.committeeKarl V. Miller
dc.description.committeeMichael Mengak
dc.description.committeeMichael Wimberly

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