The Effects of Food Quality on Preference and Incurred Risk in White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Travis Perlman, Stephen F Austin State University
Jacob Stanton, Stephen F Austin State University

Description

An observational study was concluded in Nacogdoches County, Texas, to determine if free-range white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) could assess forage value. Multiple parameters were recorded to determine if individuals were willing to incur hight levels of risk as they sought to maximize their fitness, through dietary selection. Our results indicated that individuals were willing to incur higher levels of risk, in order to attain higher quality food items.

 
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The Effects of Food Quality on Preference and Incurred Risk in White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

An observational study was concluded in Nacogdoches County, Texas, to determine if free-range white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) could assess forage value. Multiple parameters were recorded to determine if individuals were willing to incur hight levels of risk as they sought to maximize their fitness, through dietary selection. Our results indicated that individuals were willing to incur higher levels of risk, in order to attain higher quality food items.