Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Genetic Assessment of Native and Non-native White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Southcentral U.S.
by Youngmann, Jordan L., M.S., Mississippi State University, 2018, 109; 10979981
Abstract (Summary)

Population genetics of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus ) have been influenced through human actions including the translocation of deer from across the United States in the 1900s and, recently, the creation of the captive-cervid industry, which uses animal husbandry to manipulate genetic variation. To assess the effects of these actions, I studied the genetic variation of free-range and captive populations of deer across the southcentral U.S. using a 14 microsatellite panel. In free-range populations I found genetic structure that divided deer west to east along the Mississippi River. Additionally, I found that captive populations were genetically distinct from geographically proximate free-range populations. However, after 2 generations of hybridization, this distinction disappeared. Finally, using both Bayesian clustering and multivariate approaches, I was able to identify a non-native individual from local freerange populations in southern Mississippi. Using these methods, wildlife managers can further investigate cases of hybridization between non-native deer and free-range populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Demarais, Stephen
Commitee: DeYoung, Randall W., Strickland, Bronson K.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Wildlife and Fisheries
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Wildlife Management, Genetics
Keywords: Odocoileus virginianus, Population genetics, White-tailed deer
Publication Number: 10979981
ISBN: 978-0-438-75940-4
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