Michael N. Manlove

Genetic Subdivision in a Herd of White-Tailed Deer as Demonstrated by Spatial Shifts in Gene Frequencies

Allele frequency data for the b-hemoglobin locus from 452 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) from the Savannah River Plant were examined for spatial subdivision of the herd. The usefulness of electrophoretic techniques to gather genetic information for analysis of spatial subdivision is demonstrated. Significant spatial heterogeneity was found; thus, the herd probably consists of more than one functional population. The potential use of these populations as independent management units is discussed.


Starch Gel Electrophoresis for the Study of Population Genetics in White-Tailed Deer

Methods for the collection, preparation and extraction of tissues of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus drginianus) are given, Electrophoretic technique, buffers, gel preparation and banding patterns for 27 proteins encoded by 28 stnlctura) loci are described. In a survey of 400 deer from the Savannah River Plant, nine loci were shown to be polymorphic. The potential use ofpopulation genetics information for wildlife management programs is discussed.