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Temporal and spatial variation in predation on roe deer fawns

Nordström, Jonas (2010). Temporal and spatial variation in predation on roe deer fawns. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2010:6
ISBN 978-91-576-7483-8
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This thesis deals with variation in mortality of roe deer fawns, over time and in space, caused by red fox and Eurasian lynx predation in a boreal landscape. The thesis considers historic and recent effects of vole population dynamics on red fox predation on roe deer fawns, using long term time series from Grimsö Wildlife Research Area. Historically, the vole population of south-central Sweden has varied cyclically, causing red fox and roe deer fawns to fluctuate synchronically in accordance with the alternative prey hypothesis, but following a dampening of vole cycle amplitude this relationship has ended. The thesis also covers mortality of roe deer fawns in a multi-predatory context as both red fox and Eurasian lynx are revealed as important predators of roe deer neonates in a study using radio marked fawns. A study on roe deer female habitat choice and survival of fawns points out a possible trade-off in does between high quality forage and survival of fawns. Weak, but long reaching spatial effects of predation are found as the relation between roe deer fawn survival and distances to fox dens with litters are investigated, and a study on supplemental feeding of red fox as a means of relieving fawns from predation pressure proves this practice futile in boreal forest.

Authors/Creators:Nordström, Jonas
Title:Temporal and spatial variation in predation on roe deer fawns
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2010
Number of Pages:51
ALLI. Kjellander, P. & Nordström, J. (2003). Cyclic voles prey switching in red fox and roe deer dynamics – a test of the alternative prey hypothesis. Oikos 101(2), 338-344. II. Nordström, J., Kjellander, P., Andrén, H., & Mysterud, A. Roe deer fawn predation revisited – the effects of re-colonizing lynx and dwindling vole cycles (manuscript). III. Nordström, J., Samelius, G., Mysterud, A., Andrén, H., & Kjellander, P. A den-bound predator creates an extensive 'landscape of risk' for roe deer fawns in a boreal landscape (manuscript). IV. Jarnemo, A. Nordström, J., Kjellander, P., & Månsson, J. Trade-off between high-quality forage and neonatal predation risk in roe deer (manuscript). V. Nordström, J., Kjellander, P., Andrén, H., & Mysterud, A. (2009). Can supplemental feeding of red foxes Vulpes vulpes increase roe deer Capreolus capreolus recruitment in the boreal forest? Wildlife Biology 15 (2), 222-227.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7483-8
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:roe deer, young animals, predation, mortality, foxes, lynxes, predators, voles, population dynamics, animal feeding, sweden
Keywords:Roe deer, red fox, lynx, voles, predation, trade-off, alternative prey hypothesis, supplemental feeding
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ID Code:2209
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: Jonas Nordström
Deposited On:08 Jan 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:16

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