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Revista Chapingo Serie Ciencias Forestales y del Ambiente
Volume VI, issue 2, July - December 2000
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CALIDAD DEL HÁBITAT Y ESTADO POBLACIONAL DEL VENADO COLA BLANCA (Odocoileus virginianus Hays) EN RANCHOS CINEGÉTICOS DE LA SIERRA FRÍA, AGUASCALIENTES
HABITAT QUALITY AND POPULATION STATUS FOR WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus Hays) IN GAME RANCHES IN SIERRA FRÍA, AGUASCALIENTES

R. Kobelkowsky-Sosa; Jorge Palacio-Núñez; Fernando Clemente-Sánchez; Germán D. Mendoza-Martínez; J. G. Herrera-Haro; J. Gallegos-Sánchez

http://dx.doi.org/

Received: 0000-00-00

Accepted: 0000-00-00

Available online: / pages.125-130

 

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  • descriptionAbstract

    Sierra Fría is the only protected natural area in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico, where white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is an important game species. This work evaluated habitat quality and population density and structure of white-tailed deer. Five game ranches, covering a total of 2,653 ha, located in the north-central part of Sierra Fría were sampled. The area of study was divided into two by a highway. Four clusters were defined according to vegetation type; trees and brush were evaluated as strata, obtaining an Index of Habitat Aptitude (IAH). Night transects for deer watching and daylight transects for collecting feces were set up. The northern zone had the best habitat quality (83% of the optimal level). Population density was estimated at 1.78 deer per hectare. A female:male ratio of 1.2:1 and an adult:juvenile:fawn ratio of 1:12.25:1.8 were observed. It is concluded that the deer population is growing, with a tendency to become stable, so that if population density is to be increased, habitat quality must be improved, especially in reference to the quality of plant cover.

    Keyworks: population density, population structure, index of habitat quality.
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    Kobelkowsky-Sosa, R., Palacio-Núñez, J., Clemente-Sánchez, F., Mendoza-Martínez, G. D.,  Herrera-Haro, J. G.,  &  Gallegos-Sánchez, J. (2000).  HABITAT QUALITY AND POPULATION STATUS FOR WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus Hays) IN GAME RANCHES IN SIERRA FRÍA, AGUASCALIENTES. Revista Chapingo Serie Ciencias Forestales y del Ambiente, VI(2), 125-130. http://dx.doi.org/