Study

Post-translocation survival and movements of metropolitan white-tailed deer

  • Published source details Jones J.M. & Witham J.H. (1990) Post-translocation survival and movements of metropolitan white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 18, 434-441.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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

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

    A controlled study in 1984–1988 at four woodland and grassland sites in Illinois, USA (Jones & Witham 1990) found that following translocation away from urban sites to reduce human-wildlife conflict, white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus, had a lower survival rate that did deer that were not translocated. Annual survival of translocated adult female deer (34%) was lower than that of resident adult female deer at one of the original capture sites (73%). Fifty deer (25 females, 25 males) were caught, mostly with rocket nets, between 18 December and 31 March in 1984–1988, at three largely urban sites. They were released at a rural site, ≤80 km from capture sites. Females were radio-collared and monitored every one to two weeks initially, then less frequently. Survival was compared with that of 12 additional females that were caught, radio-collared, and released at the capture site.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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