Land parcelization and deer population densities in a rural county of Virginia KR Lovely, WJ Mcshea, NW Lafon, DE Carr - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2013

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KR Lovely, WJ Mcshea, NW Lafon, DE Carr - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2013
     The parcelization of exurban landscapes creates a matrix of intermediately sized and privately managed land parcels, presenting a unique challenge to wildlife managers.  During 2010–2011, we studied the correlates between land parcelization, deer density, and hunting patterns in exurban northwestern Virginia, USA. .... Our results suggest that development processes that subdivide rural lands can significantly increase deer populations. The mechanism for this increase may be restricted hunter access to smaller property parcels and-or increased probability of deer refuges nearby.


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