Investigating white-tailed deer survival
Understanding deer survival, and the factors that influence it throughout the year, is important for proper management of the deer herd. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) deer abundance has been affected by food supply, winter cover, disease, predation, weather, and hunter harvest and varies across the latitudinal gradient. To better understand the relative role these factors play in white-tailed deer recruitment, we simultaneously assessed effects of predation and winter severity and indirectly evaluate the influence of habitat conditions on fawn across three sequential study areas in the UP.
More information about Michigan Predator Prey Project can be found here.