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Correlations between fecal nitrogen and diet composition in free-ranging black-tailed deer



Correlations between fecal nitrogen and diet composition in free-ranging black-tailed deer



Southwestern Naturalist 39(2): 165-170



Correlations between fecal nitrogen (N) and diet composition of deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) were examined to gauge how well fecal N could predict diet quality. Correlation coefficients were generally weak and inconsistent between study years. Diet composition variables were significant predictors of fecal N but the coefficients of determination were small (0.16 in summer, 0.31 in winter). Fecal N appears to be useful only for confirming broad (i.e., winter to summer) seasonal trends in diet quality for free-ranging cervids.

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DOI: 10.2307/3672242


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