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Does small-perimeter fencing inhibit mule deer or pronghorn use of water developments?
The Journal of Wildlife Management (2011)
  • John Bissonette, Utah State University
  • Randy T Larsen
  • Jerran T Flinders
  • Aaron C Robinson
Abstract

Wildlife water development can be an important habitat management strategy in western North America for many species, including both pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) and mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). In many areas, water developments are fenced (often with small-perimeter fencing) to exclude domestic livestock and feral horses. Small-perimeter exclosures could limit wild ungulate use of fenced water sources, as exclosures present a barrier pronghorn and mule deer must negotiate to gain access to fenced drinking water. To evaluate the hypothesis that exclosures limit wild ungulate access to water sources, we compared use (photo counts) of fenced versus unfenced water sources for both pronghorn and mule deer between June and October 2002–2008 in western Utah. We used model selection to identify an adequate distribution and best approximating model. We selected a zero-inflated negative binomial distribution for both pronghorn and mule deer photo counts...

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Publication Date
August, 2011
Citation Information
John Bissonette, Randy T Larsen, Jerran T Flinders and Aaron C Robinson. "Does small-perimeter fencing inhibit mule deer or pronghorn use of water developments?" The Journal of Wildlife Management Vol. 75 Iss. 6 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_bissonette/366/