SREL Reprint #0458




Chemical Composition of White-tailed Deer:  Whole-body Concentrations of Macro- and Micronutrients

James 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 Symposium Series.

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