|SREL Reprint #0626|
Demographic Differences in Contiguous Populations of White-Tailed Deer
W. Dapson, Paul R. Ramsey, Michael H. Smith, and David F. Urbston
Over 5,000 deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
were collected from 2 contiguous areas in South Carolina between 1965 and 1971.
Age- and sex-specific survival rates were about equal in the 2
populations, but fawn production, age structure, and sex ratios differed
markedly despite close proximity of the herds. Carrying capacity, population
pressure, and degree of environmental stability were probably responsible for
most of the observed demographic differences.
Age-specific dispersal was not a factor in herd dynamics.
The study shows that contiguous, localized populations under different
environmental conditions may operate independently of each other.
SREL Reprint #0626
Dapson, R.W., P.R. Ramsey, M.H. Smith, and D.F. Urbston. 1979. Demographic differences in contiguous
populations of white tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife