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University of Arizona (1985)

HABITAT USE BY DESERT MULE DEER (ASPECT, ELEVATION, SLOPE, ARIZONA)

Ordway, Leonard L.

Titre : HABITAT USE BY DESERT MULE DEER (ASPECT, ELEVATION, SLOPE, ARIZONA)

Auteur : Ordway, Leonard L.

Université de soutenance : University of Arizona

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 1985

Résumé
I studied habitat use by desert mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus crooki) in the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona from January 1981 to July 1982. Use and preference for vegetative association, slope position, slope class, and aspect were determined from 1610 radiotelemetry locations of 10 females and 7 males. Seasonal distribution relative to elevation and the nearest available water source was evaluated. Males used and preferred both mountainous and nonmountainous vegetative associations. Females used and preferred mountainous vegetative associations. Males used lower slope positions, gentler slopes, and lower elevations compared to females. All deer were closer to water sources during dry periods.

Mots clés : Mule deer — Habitat. ; Deer — Habitat — Arizona.

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