Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of White-tailed Deer in Southeastern Kentucky

White-tailed deer numbers were ~2000 at the turn of the 20th century, but aggressive restocking efforts and game laws catalyzed the rapid expansion and growth of deer, particularly from 1980-2000. However, despite restocking, deer density in southeastern Kentucky remains relatively low compared to other areas of the Commonwealth. To better understand this regional population issue, our research led by M.S. forestry graduate students Caleb Haymes and Joe McDermott in conjunction with KDFWR seeks to characterize the survival and identify the causes of mortality of adult does and fawns in this area.

John J. Cox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology
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