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Monday, January 25 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Development and Evaluation of a Habitat Suitability Model For White-Tailed Deer In An Agricultural Landscape

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AUTHORS: Eric Anstedt*, Minnesota State University; John D. Krenz, Minnesota State University; Shannon J. Fisher, Minnesota State University; Marrett Grund, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Accuracy and efficiency in estimating animal density is important for wildlife managers as they set harvest levels and manage populations. A habitat suitability index model was created for white-tailed deer in southwest Minnesota (an intensive agricultural landscape) to identify roadways (for spotlight surveys) that have varying qualities of deer habitat near the road. We conducted surveys during evenings in March and April 2015 to detect an effect of HSI score on survey efficiency (deer observed per unit effort). Preliminary results suggest a positive correlation between these two variables. Field data will be collected again in 2016. This study seeks to prescribe a way to stratify the landscape in intensively farmed areas to improve the efficiency of collecting data for density estimation.

Monday January 25, 2016 3:40pm - 4:00pm EST
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