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Master of Science (MS)


Wildland Resources


J. Juan Spillett


A study of mule deer occupying deer management units 53 and 54 in south central Utah was conducted from August, 1971 to May 1974 to determine food habits, caloric requirements, dietary nutritional levels, and productivity. Transects, fecal analyses, weight data, classification counts, and forage analyses were used to accomplish these objectives.

Food habits of deer on the two units were similar, except for higher use of scrub oak on unit 53 and higher use of snowberry on unit 54.

Deer on unit 54 were significantly larger than those on unit 53. Thus, their caloric requirements also were significantly higher.

Deer productivity and the nutritional quality of deer diets on unit 54 were lower than on unit 53.

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