Scale-Dependent Effects of Coyote-Predation Risk on Patterns of White-Tailed Deer Browsing along Linear Forest Edges JLB Pierce, SA Dalinsky, AA Chenaille, LM Lolya… - Northeastern Naturalist, New York, 2015

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Scale-Dependent Effects of Coyote-Predation Risk on Patterns of White-Tailed Deer Browsing along Linear Forest Edges JLB Pierce, SA Dalinsky, AA Chenaille, LM Lolya… - Northeastern Naturalist, New York, 2015
... Predation can influence patterns of browse through decreasing White-tailed Deer abundance and influencing patterns of habitat selection... We did not observe a change in White-tailed Deer browsing at the landscape scale in response to variation in the risk of Coyote predation, or a mitigating role of escape cover. However, we did detect a tendency for White-tailed Deer to shift browsing from the forest edge to interior along transects with more Coyotes. Our study indicates that Coyotes in the focal area were likely influencing patterns of browsing primarily through behaviorally mediated indirect effects...


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