Estimating sex‐specific abundance in fawning areas of a high‐density Columbian black‐tailed deer population using fecal DNA ZT Lounsberry, TD Forrester, MT Olegario, JL Brazeal… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2014, California

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Estimating sex‐specific abundance in fawning areas of a high‐density Columbian black‐tailed deer population using fecal DNA ZT Lounsberry, TD Forrester, MT Olegario, JL Brazeal… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2014, California
... The recent development of fecal-genetic capture-mark-recapture (CMR) methods has increased the feasibility of estimating abundance of forest-dwelling ungulates that are difficult to survey using visual methods. Unless genetic markers differentiating sex are incorporated into such studies, however, genetic CMR approaches risk missing sex-specific differences in population trends.... Incorporating sex and individual markers into a single assay provided a cost-effective means of applying CMR estimation based on fecal DNA to a high-density ungulate population in a forested ecosystem and emphasized the importance of explicitly modeling sex in abundance estimation.


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