Estimating age, Looking a trophy buck in the mouth March 8, 2012 Texas

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Looking a trophy buck in the mouth [estimating age] March 8, 2012 Texas, By Paul Schattenberg

Researchers at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde have developed a more accurate technique than traditional methods for estimating the age of white-tailed bucks ... The new technique also relies on using the animal’s teeth, but involves measuring the width of the dentine — the hard tissue located under the enamel of a tooth — on a specific tooth ... During the past decade, ranch owners and operators have kept tabs on ear-tagged deer, collaborating with the center on deer-related research. 


Looking a Trophy Buck in the Mouth March 14, 2012 Texas, ScienceNewsline
"The traditional method for estimating the age of white-tailed deer has been by visual, tooth-wear patterns," said [Dr. Susan Cooper, AgriLife Research associate professor] ... The new technique also relies on using the animal's teeth, but involves measuring the width of the dentine — the hard tissue located under the enamel of a tooth — on a specific tooth... Cooper said over the past 10 years the wildlife team at the Uvalde center has ear-tagged more than 2,000 wild buck fawns on South Texas ranches.... 

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