Behavior changes during deer rut November 9, 2013 Tennessee

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Behavior changes during deer rut November 9, 2013 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... The pineal gland is a light-sensitive gland at the base of deer’s brain. It serves as a “third eye” that controls their reproductive cycle through a process known as photoperiodism. As days get shorter in the autumn, less light is gathered through the deer’s eyes, and this activates the pineal gland and the rut.  Melatonin, a substance secreted by the pineal gland only at night, influences the release of sex hormones ...

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