Population responses of black-tailed deer to prescribed burning

  • Published source details Klinger R.C., Kutilek M.J. & Shellhammer H.S. (1989) Population responses of black-tailed deer to prescribed burning. Journal of Wildlife Management, 53, 863-871.


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Use prescribed burning

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Use prescribed burning

    A site comparison study in 1983–1985 of a shrubland site in California, USA (Klinger et al. 1989) found that prescribed burning did not increase use of such areas by black-tailed deer Odocoileus hemionus, relative to unburned areas. There was no significant difference in density of faecal pellet groups between burned and unburned plots over the two years following burning (data not reported). In an area of chaparral shrubland, approximately 20% (7km2) was burned in November 1983. Twenty-three circular plots, each 100 m2, were surveyed for faecal clumps. Eleven plots were in burned areas and 12 were in unburned areas. Faecal pellet clumps were cleared and counted at end of each wet (November–April) and dry (May–October) season from November 1983 to October 1985.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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