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Chemical composition of douglas-fir foliage on mule deer winter range

Author(s) or contact(s): M.J. Waterhouse, R.J. Dawson, and H.M. Armleder
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Wildlife
Series: Research Report
Other details:  Published 1991. Hardcopy is available.


In the interior of British Columbia, Douglas-fir litterfall is a major source of mule deer winter food. Dawson et al. (1990) found that preference for Douglas-fir foliage was correlated with tree diameter. This study set out to identify the underlying ultimate factors of selection so that wildlife managers might have a wider range of forage enhancement options on mule deer winter range. Such options include, for example, planting, thinning, or fertilizing trees to improve palatability.

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