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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Franklin County
Re: Been A While - GC Deer Page
The George River Reserve:
<a href="http://sitemaker.umich.edu/esgr/description" target="_blank">The Reserve Deer Herd
In March 1928, four does and two bucks of the White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) were released into the ESGR.
From this basic stock, the deer population rose to more than 160 animals in 1933, creating heavy browsing pressure on the vegetation and suppressing natural plant succession.
Since 1942, annual culling of the deer herd has been carried out, with a resulting slow but definite recuperation of the browsed vegetation.
Before the herd was reduced in size, reproduction of less-palatable species such as red cedar and hawthorn was replacing that of the oaks, hickories and maple. As the range has recovered, browsing pressure on the less preferred species has decreased.
The ESGR deer herd has been the focus of many studies, including Dale McCullough's landmark book "The George Reserve deer herd: population ecology of a k-selected species." This text continues to be a must-read for managers of large mammal populations.
Spend some time and research this.
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