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Citation. Tester, J. R.; Heezen, K. L. 1965. Deer response to a drive census determined by radio tracking. BioScience 15(2):100-104. [1550 CC]
Abstract. Censuses of animal populations are usually predicated upon a knowledge of the animal's behavior. In many cases the assumptions underlying the census method have not been tested because data on behavior under natural conditions were not available. The technique of radio tracking provides an excellent opportunity for adding to our knowledge of animal behavior and for observing the natural responses of individual animals to census methods. This article reports on the use of the Cedar Creek automatic radio tracking system to monitor the responses of two radio-tagged white-tailed deer to a drive census conducted in January 1964. The site for this study was the Cedar Creek Natural History Area, a 4,500 acre tract administered by the University of Minnesota, about 30 miles north of Minneapolis. General characteristics of the area were discussed by Cochran, et al.. Both upland deciduous forest and a white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) bog were covered by the drive. Pierce described these and other vegetational types in detail.
Keywords. white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, drive census, radiotelemetry