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Wednesday, February 8 • 9:20am - 9:40am
Technical Session. Comparisons of Dispersal and Excursion Events Between Localized Populations of Urban and Rural White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

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AUTHORS: Garrett B. Clevinger, Jonathan K. Trudeau, Timothy C. Carter – Ball State University

ABSTRACT: In recent years, the movement patterns of urbanized populations of white-tailed deer (WTD) have become a major area of interest to wildlife professionals. Although a handful of studies have focused on the dispersal and temporary excursion events of either the urban or rural populations of this species, few if any, have ever compared these parameters between both populations on a localized scale. By understanding the extent of seasonal movement between urban and rural populations of WTD within the same general area, wildlife biologists and other stakeholders gain valuable information in which to basis management decisions for the benefit of both the herd and the impacted citizens. This study was conducted in three counties in southern Indiana: Morgan, Monroe, and Brown where the city of Bloomington has a healthy population of urban deer. WTD were captured using dropnets, suspended net guns, Clover traps, or free-darted from a distance. WTD were then equipped with GPS or VHF collars and monitored using radio or satellite telemetry to obtain location data. From January-July 2015-16 a total of 86 WTD was captured consisting of 45 urban individuals and 41 rural individuals. Preliminary observations were similar for max distance traveled from home ranges of both urban (mean = 2.02 km SE = 0.46) and rural WTD (mean = 1.47 km SE = 0.40). Our data also shows individuals traveling from both urban to rural areas and rural to urban areas. This may suggest that the localized population is operating as an open population.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 9:20am - 9:40am CST
Grand Ballroom C