Background of UP Predator Prey Relationship Study

The study began in 2009 by Mississippi State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Historically, deer abundance in the UP has been affected by the intensity of timber harvesting and winter severity. Although these factors still exert a strong influence on deer populations, the role of predation is receiving more attention from both sportspersons and deer managers. Research is needed to better understand the impact of predation on deer, while also determining how predation is influenced by winter weather and deer habitat conditions.'  from Michigan Predator-Prey Relationship Study Website.

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Study Objectives


The Study Has Several Objectives

1. Estimate survival and cause-specific mortality of white-tailed deer fawns and does.
2. Estimate proportion of fawn mortality attributable to black bear (Ursus americanus), coyote (Canis latrans), bobcat (Lynx rufus), and wolf (C. spp.).
3. Estimate number and age of fawns killed by a bear, coyote, bobcat, or wolf during summer.
4. Provide updated information on white-tailed deer pregnancy and fecundity rates.
5. Estimate annual and seasonal resource use (e.g., habitat) and home range of white-tailed deer.
6. Estimate if the familiarity of an area to each predator species affects the likelihood of fawn predation.
7. Assess if estimated composite bear, coyote, bobcat, and wolf use of an area influences fawn predation rates.
8. Describe the association between fawn birth site habitat characteristics and black bear, coyote, bobcat, or wolf habitat use. If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. List and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.

Phases of Study


PHASE 1 - 2009- 2012

PHASE 1 - 2009- 2012

PHASE 1 - 2009- 2012

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PHASE 2 - 2013-2015)

PHASE 1 - 2009- 2012

PHASE 1 - 2009- 2012

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PHASE 3 - 2017-2019

PHASE 1 - 2009- 2012

PHASE 3 - 2017-2019

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Predator-Prey:  Publications

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