Study finds only 30 percent of fawns survive predators August 23, 2016

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Study finds only 30 percent of fawns survive predators August 23, 2016 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... "If you live in the woods, your chances of predation are pretty low. If you live in or around a field edge, your chances of predation are pretty high." That would seem to be counterintuitive, but Bordelon said the thick growth along field edges and in young forested areas attracts rodents, which are like candy for predators...

Survival of white‐tailed deer neonates in Louisiana  RM Shuman, MJ Cherry, TN Simoneaux, EA Dutoit… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2017
... captured 70 neonates with the aid of vaginal implant transmitters on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana, USA.  ... Survival of neonates to 12 weeks was 0.271 (95% CI = 0.185–0.398). Of 51 mortalities, 45 (88%) were attributed to predation, 4 (8%) to starvation, 1 (2%) to other causes, and 1 (2%) to unknown causes ...

...  Overall fawn mortality was 50%, which is generally consistent with other studies in the southeast... Provision of additional fawning cover in the form of small openings or timber harvests in areas of mature, closed canopy forest may aid in survival ...

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