Cory L. VanGilder

Effects of an Intensive Predator Removal on White-tailed Deer Recruitment

: Few studies have investigated the impacts of predators on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) recruitment in the Southeast. We inferred predation impacts by comparing fawn-to-doe ratios before and after an intensive predator removal on an 800- ha study site in northeast Alabama. We estimated fawn-to-doe ratios pre-removal using camera surveys in September 2006 and February 2007, hunter observations, and web based cameras (n =11) mounted over foodplots (October through January). We removed 22 coyotes (Canis latrans) and 10 bobcats (Lynx rufus) during February through July 2007...