Fine-scale responses of deer to seasonal hunting in California
Across the United States, seasonal pulses of hunting dramatically transform ecological communities, putting enormous stress on prey species and reshaping spatiotemporal patterns of risk and mortality. With A. McInturff and J. Brashares (PI), I am examining how these dynamics play out during a controlled hunt of black-tailed deer at the Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC), in Mendocino County, California.
We are deploying GPS trackers on hunters and deer to examine how hunting alters deer movement and habitat selection, and how these changes in deer behavior cascade throughout the community. We are exploring how deer balance combined risks from human hunting and natural predators as they navigate a "landscape of fear."
This research is a component of a larger study of the black-tailed deer population at HREC, funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. As part of this research team, I am refining methods for black-tailed deer population estimation, integrating data from GPS telemetry, camera trap surveys, and genetic mark-recapture to inform improved monitoring protocols at the state level.
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