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Home ranges of rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) in a subtropical peri-urban environment in South East Queensland

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Amos, M., Pople, A. R., Brennan, M., Sheil, D., Kimber, M. and Cathcart, A. (2022) Home ranges of rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) in a subtropical peri-urban environment in South East Queensland. Australian Mammalogy .

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.1071/AM21052

Publisher URL: https://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/AM21052

Abstract

Wild rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) are increasing in numbers and distribution in peri-urban eastern Australia. To effectively manage rusa deer, land managers need to know the extent of their movements to determine the appropriate scale of control through trapping and shooting. We found that in a subtropical peri-urban environment in South East Queensland, four rusa deer (three male, one female) with GPS collars annually ranged over areas of <400 ha with core areas of ~100 ha over a period of 10–17 months. Our limited data indicated their relatively small home ranges varied little in size and location from season-to-season, suggesting that these deer can be effectively managed at the local level.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Brisbane, deer management, exurban, kernel density estimation, minimum convex polygon, ranging behaviour, satellite telemetry, site fidelity, space use.
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Animal culture > Deer
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
Deposited On:01 Sep 2022 06:33
Last Modified:01 Sep 2022 06:33

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