Impact on plant communities by white-tailed deer in Mississippi, USA P Hanberry, BB Hanberry, S Demarais, BD Leopold… - Plant Ecology & Diversity, 2013

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P Hanberry, BB Hanberry, S Demarais, BD Leopold… - Plant Ecology & Diversity, 2013
      The abundance of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the eastern United States has escalated during the twentieth century, potentially impacting plant communities.  Methods: We measured understorey plant cover and biomass five years after excluding deer from mature forests of three ecological regions in Mississippi, USA. We extended the significance of P values to 0.10 to detect developing impacts... Conclusions: Exclosure treatment effects on canopy cover and species richness in two regions indicated limited negative impacts from deer foraging. A time frame of more than five years may be required for exclusion to allow recovery of vegetation, even with relatively open canopies and a long growing season.



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