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Assessment of nutrition and predation as limiting factors for mule deer in New Mexico

Duration

December 2014 - December 2018

Narrative

The goal of this project is to determine which factors are effectively limiting mule deer in New Mexico. Our specific objectives are to:1) estimate mule deer survival rates and determine cause-specific mortality; 2) determine mule deer pregnancy rates and fawn recruitment; 3) assess the nutritional status of mule deer by determining the quantity (i.e., biomass of available forage) and quality (nutritional content) of forage available to mule deer within the study area; 4) determine diet composition and diet quality for mule deer; 5)estimate prey composition and kill rates for mountain lions; and 6)determine how habitat selection by mule deer is influenced by habitat conditions and predation risk by mountain lions.

Research Products and Activities

Presentations

  • Kay, J. H., and J. W. Cain III. 2016. Top-Down and bottom-up forces on central New Mexico mule deer. 49th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.
  • Kay, J.H., and J.W. Cain III. 2017. New insight into utilizing bone marrow to assess ungulate health. 50th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Farmington, New Mexico, USA.
  • Kay, J.H., and J.W. Cain III. 2017. New insight into utilizing bone marrow to assess ungulate health. 12th Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 237

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 714

Scientific Publications: 1979

Presentations: 4410

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • New Mexico Agricultural Experiment Station
  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey