R. Larry Corbett

Preliminary Study Of The Effects Of Dogs On Radio·Equipped Deer In A Mountainous Habitat

A study was conducted on Mt. Mitchell Wildlife Management Area in w~stern North Carolina to determine the effects of dogs on movement patterns, behavior and mortality of radio-equipped deer in a rugged, mountainous habitat. Data were obtained from 11 of 15 radio-instrumented deer. Six were radio-monitored during the raccoon, bear and deer seasons and although four were legally harvested no mortality could be related to the effects of dogs. From February to July, eight of the radio-instrumented deer were subjected to 20 experimental chases by hunting hounds. Chases averaged 54 minutes in...