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Winter habitat selection by black-tailed deer on Vancouver Island: a job completion report

Author(s) or contact(s): R.S. McNay and D.D. Doyle
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Wildlife
Series: Integrated Wildlife Intensive Forestry Research
Other details:  Published 1987. Hardcopy is available.


The results of a 5-year study concerning the selection of winter habitat by black-tailed deer are reported. Comparisons are made between 10- t o 40-year-old pole-sapling stands and 300+-year-old old-growth forests as to their relative merits as winter habitat. A total of 28 radio-collared deer were located over 5 years to categorize seasonal movement strategies and winter habitat selection. Three seasonal movement behavioural types were recognized: obligate migrators, facultative migrators, and non-migratory residents.

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