Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effect of dominance in captive female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
by Michel, Eric S., M.S., Mississippi State University, 2013, 55; 1536084
Abstract (Summary)

Factors associated with rank position are poorly understood whereas even fewer studies assessed if benefits were associated with increased rank position when resources were unlimited. I assessed whether age, body mass, size, and testosterone levels were important in rank establishment among 132 captive female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus. I also assessed if the benefit metrics of improved body condition, decreased stress level, and earlier parturition date were related to rank position. Deer in each of 9 study pens had a linear hierarchy with a mean h' of 0.39 (SD = 0.09). Rank position was moderately related to age (P < 0.1) and was strongly related to body mass and size (P < 0.01). There was no relationship between benefit metrics and rank position (P < 0.1). Although increased body mass, size, and age improved rank position there were no benefits associated with increased rank when resources were unlimited.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Demarais, Steve
Commitee: Belant, Jerrold L., Strickland, Bronson K.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Wildlife and Fisheries
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Wildlife Conservation, Behavioral Sciences
Keywords: Body condition, Dominance hierarchy, Glucocorticoids, Parturition date, White-tailed deer
Publication Number: 1536084
ISBN: 978-1-303-03691-0
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