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dc.contributor.authorEngebretsen, Kristin Nicole
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-31T04:30:15Z
dc.date.available2018-07-31T04:30:15Z
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.identifier.otherengebretsen_kristin_n_201805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/engebretsen_kristin_n_201805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/38355
dc.description.abstractIn South Florida, white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are an important game species and primary prey of the endangered Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi). Due to a potential decline in South Florida deer populations, updated information is needed about fawn survival and recruitment. During the 2016 fawning season, I deployed 180 passive cameras in South Florida, identified 123 individual fawns, and used a novel spatial capture-recapture model to estimate number of fawns born and recruited. An estimated 211 (95% CI 180-250) fawns were born in the 10,941-ha study area, and the density of birth locations was greatest in cypress forests and in areas with more frequent fire. Only 37 (95% CI 27-48) of 211 fawns survived to 180 days, indicating 18% of fawns reached sexual maturity. However, 2016 was an extraordinarily wet year and multi-year studies are needed to determine if recruitment is high enough to offset mortality in this population.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightsOn Campus Only Until 2020-05-01
dc.subjectcamera trap
dc.subjectfawn recruitment
dc.subjectFlorida
dc.subjectneonate
dc.subjectOdocoileus virginianus
dc.subjectproductivity
dc.subjectSCR
dc.subjectspatial capture-recapture
dc.subjectsurvival
dc.subjectwhite-tailed deer
dc.titleSeeing spots in the swamp:
dc.title.alternativeusing camera data to estimate white-tailed deer fawn survival and recruitment in South Florida
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorKarl V. Miller
dc.description.advisorRichard Chandler
dc.description.committeeKarl V. Miller
dc.description.committeeRichard Chandler
dc.description.committeeL. Mike Conner
dc.description.committeeMichael Cherry


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