Risk on Neonatal White-Tailed Deer Survival JF Duquette, JL Belant, NJ Svoboda, DE Beyer Jr… - PloS one, 2014

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Risk on Neonatal White-Tailed Deer Survival JF Duquette, JL Belant, NJ Svoboda, DE Beyer Jr… - PloS one, 2014
... Michigan, USA ... Fawn resource use appeared to reflect dam avoidance of lowland forests with poor forage and greater use by wolves (C. lupus), their primary predator. While this strategy led to greater fawn mortality, particularly by coyotes, it likely promoted the life-long reproductive success of dams because many reached late-age (>10 years old) and could have produced multiple generations of fawns. Studies often link resource selection and survival of ungulates, but our results suggested that multiple factors can mediate that relationship, including multi-predator risk...


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