Estimating 24-h habitat use patterns of white-tailed deer from diurnal use

Brian J. Kernohan, Jonathan A. Jenks, David E. Naugle, Joshua J. Millspaugh

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Abstract

We compared diurnal and 24-h habitat use patterns of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota from 1 January to 20 December 1993. Deer were sampled during two periods, diurnal (i.e. 0800 to 1959 h) and 24-h to determine if 24-h habitat use could be estimated from diurnal use patterns at the population level. No differences between diurnal and 24-h use were detected (P = 0.101) during winter, spring, summer, or fall, indicating that 24-h habitat use could be estimated (r2 = 0.95, P < 0.001) from diurnal patterns when habitats were combined even during periods of intense unpredicted human disturbance (i.e. fall hunting with approx. 12 hunters/km2).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-303
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1996

Keywords

  • Circadian
  • Diurnal
  • Habitat use
  • Odocoileus virginianus
  • Radio telemetry
  • South Dakota
  • White-tailed deer

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