|SREL Reprint #0458|
Chemical Composition of White-tailed Deer: Whole-body Concentrations of
G. Wiener, I. Lehr Brisbin, Jr., and Michael H. Smith
Wet and dry-weight concentrations of six
macronutrients (Cs, K, Mg, N, Na, and P) and five micronutrients (Cu, Fe, Mn,
Mo, and Zn) were determined for whole-body samples from 27 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus
virginianus). Information on
the nutrient composition of deer was combined with biomass data to estimate
standing crops of nutrients in deer herds at the Savannah River Plant and to
predict exportation of nutrients from the Savannah River Plant system during
annual deer hunts. Nutrient
standing crops in deer were small relative to those of primary producer
components of temperate forest ecosystems.
Similarly, annual loss of nutrients by harvest of deer was negligible in
comparison with annual nutrient budgets of southeastern forests.
SREL Reprint #0458
Wiener, J.G., I.L. Brisbin Jr., and M.H. Smith. 1975.
Chemical composition of white tailed deer: whole body
concentrations of macro and micronutrients. p. 536-541. In
Mineral Cycling in Southeastern Ecosystems, edited by F.G.
Howell, J.B. Gentry, and M.H. Smith. CONF 740513. ERDA