Thesis Title

Scrape Behavior and Physical Characteristics of Scrapes and Rubs of White-Tailed Deer

Date of Graduation

Fall 1988

Degree

Master of Science in Biology

Department

Biology

Committee Chair

Lynn Robbins

Subject Categories

Biology

Abstract

Scrape behavior of wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was studied during the 1985, 1986, and 1987 breeding seasons. Methods used include direct observation and the use of remote infrared sensors which activated cameras by detecting a deer's presence. A total of 126 scrape behavior events were observed and over 300 pictures were taken by the infrared units. Earlier studies have indicated that does are not active participants in scrape behavior and have not mentioned juvenile participation. The data collected during this study indicate that does and juveniles are both very active in scrape behavior. The sizes of scrapes and rubs measured during this study are similar to those reported by researchers in different geographical regions. Fewer types of vocalizations were noted during this research than from research done on captive deer herds.

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© Grant R Woods

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