Study

Efficacy of translocation to control urban deer in Missouri: costs, efficiency, and outcome

  • Published source details Beringer J., Hansen L.P., Demand J.A., Sartwell J., Wallendorf M. & Mange R. (2002) Efficacy of translocation to control urban deer in Missouri: costs, efficiency, and outcome. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 30, 767-774

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Translocate problem mammals away from residential areas (e.g. habituated bears) to reduce human-wildlife conflict

Action Link
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Translocate problem mammals away from residential areas (e.g. habituated bears) to reduce human-wildlife conflict

    A study in 1997–2000 of a residential area and a forest in Missouri, USA (Beringer et al. 2002) found that after translocation away from a residential area, white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus had a lower survival rate than did deer that were not translocated. Annual survival after one year for translocated deer (30%) was lower than for non-translocated deer (69%). Among translocated deer, the largest causes of death were hunting (33%) and muscle weakness following capture (‘capture myopathy’; 29%). Among non-translocated deer, roadkill (68%) and hunting (12%) were the largest causes of death. Eighty deer (51 male, 29 female) were caught in a residential area in January–February 1999, radio-collared, and released in a conservation area 160 km away. At the same capture site, additional deer (quantity not stated) were caught, radio-collared, and released at point of capture from December 1997 to March 1998.

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