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Monday, October 17 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Wildlife. White-tailed Deer Density, Range Size, and Annual Survival in a Southeastern Louisiana Coastal Fresh Marsh

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AUTHORS: D. T. Baker, Trebor Victoriano, Scott Durham - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Bret A. Collier, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

ABSTRACT: White-tailed deer near the mouth of the Mississippi River are of historical significance as a major source for re-stocking in Louisiana. Following Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began evaluating deer in the coastal habitats to identify potential vulnerabilities. We captured and individually marked 56 deer on Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area during 2007–2014. We monitored travel corridors using un-baited trail cameras and recorded all sightings of marked and unmarked deer. We estimated abundance from the camera data annually using an open population mark-resight approach. Mean resighting rate was 0.28 (SE = 0.16) for females and 2.62 (SE = 0.46) for males and estimates of abundance ranged from 8–200 for females and 21–81 for males. Home range polygons were configured for deer based on observations of marked deer at different camera or observed locations. Annual survival (constant) was 0.82 for males and 0.52 for females. Our results indicate that population monitoring and abundance estimation in coastal marshlands using digital cameras can provide demographic data supporting harvest management planning.

Monday October 17, 2016 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Riverview B

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