Diet and Food Preferences of White-tailed Deer in North-eastern Stewart Island

@inproceedings{CHALLIES2004DietAF,
  title={Diet and Food Preferences of White-tailed Deer in North-eastern Stewart Island},
  author={C. N. CHALLIES},
  year={2004}
}
  • C. N. CHALLIES
  • Published 2004
The diet and food preferences of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on north-eastern Stewart Island are described from the analysis of 160 samples of rumen contents collected between 1979 and 1985, and vegetation surveys in 1975 and 1976. Deer browsed all the hardwood trees, but few shrubs, ferns, or podocarps. Woody plants comprised 85.1 % (dry weight) of annual diet. Broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis; 34.6%) and supplejack (Ripogonum scandens; 18.6%) were the most important foods, all… CONTINUE READING