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Desert mule deer and forage resources in southwest Arizona






Southwestern Naturalist 38(3): 198-205

Desert mule deer and forage resources in southwest Arizona

We measured digestible protein consumed by four captive desert mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus crooki) on a diet of native forage collected from the Belmont Mountains, Arizona. We measured the amount of forage available to deer in the Belmont Mountains. Intake of forage differed (P lt 0.05) between sexes in every season. Intake of digestible protein for both sexes was highest in fall. Males and females consumed the least amount of digestible protein in spring and summer, respectively. We recorded differences (P lt 0.05) of forage biomass among all vegetation associations, sites, and seasons. The most forage biomass was available in winter, and the least in spring.

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Accession: 002590847

DOI: 10.2307/3671423



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