Habitat relationships between a sympatric mule and white-tailed deer population in South-Central Texas

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Title: Habitat relationships between a sympatric mule and white-tailed deer population in South-Central Texas
Author: Avey, Josh T.
Abstract: My objective was to determine landscape and ecological parameters that serve as spatial separators between desert mule deer and white -tailed deer . My goal was to develop recommendations that landowners could use to manage habitats for both deer species . I separated the analysis into two separate chapters . Chapter II investigates landscape separation considering ecological parameters that serve as spatial separators between desert mule deer and white -tailed deer . The predictions I tested were as follows : (1 ) mule deer use steeper slopes than white -tailed deer ; (2 ) desert mule deer occur at higher elevations than white -tailed deer ; (3 ) there were no differences between topography selected by desert mule deer and white -tailed deer ; and (4 ) habitats used b > white -tailed deer had greater shrub densities (plants >1 m ) than habitats used by desert mule deer . Chapter III considers landscape separation based on signature classifications of satellite imagery . I tested two predictions with classified data . First , areas with different vegetation structure will project different pixel signatures . Second , habitat used by desert mule deer will possess different pixel signatures than the habitat used by white - tailed deer .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /17966
Date: 2001-05

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Habitat relationships between a sympatric mule and white-tailed deer population in South-Central Texas. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /17966 .

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