Habitat Quality Influences Migratory Strategy of Female White-Tailed Deer January, 2015

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Habitat Quality Influences Migratory Strategy of Female White-Tailed DeerJanuary, 2015 ScholarWorks - University of Montana
... We integrated the migration probability and survival models to estimate annual and seasonal survival rates of migrants and residents. We found little difference between the annual and seasonal rates of survival. Annual survival rates for migrants and residents were 0.87 (SD = 0.06) and 0.83 (SD = 0.07), respectively. Our results indicate that access to habitat of high quality may be a strong influence on a female white-tailed deer’s decision to migrate. We suggest the presence of partial migration in a population may be a response to competition for high quality habitat...


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