Localized deer absence leads to tick amplification.

  title={Localized deer absence leads to tick amplification.},
  author={Sarah Elizabeth Perkins and Isabella M. Cattadori and Valentina Tagliapietra and Annapaola Rizzoli and Peter J. Hudson},
  volume={87 8},
Deer support high tick intensities, perpetuating tick populations, but they do not support tick-borne pathogen transmission, so are dilution hosts. We test the hypothesis that absence of deer (loss of a dilution host) will result in either an increase or a reduction in tick density, and that the outcome is scale dependent. We use a complementary methodological approach starting with meta-analysis, followed up by a field experiment. Meta-analysis indicated that larger deer exclosures reduce… CONTINUE READING