Overcoming cohort effects in a mediterranean ecosystem: The role of density and precipitation on southern mule deer body mass DM Wolcott, J Asmus, FW Weckerly - The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2014

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... We analyzed 27 years of mule deer harvest data from Camp Pendleton, California... we determined that eviscerated body mass of southern mule deer ... was affected by precipitation and relative abundance. We also found that deer were able to recover from periods of poor nutrition and overcome cohort effects by 2.5 years of age, which has not been demonstrated in other ungulate populations. This study demonstrates that body mass can be used as a tool to assess the nutritional state of a population ...

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