Home-range size and overlap of sympatric male mule and white-tailed deer In Texas

Kristina J. Brunjes, Warren B. Ballard, Mary H. Humphrey, Fielding Harwell, Nancy E. Mcintyre, Paul R. Krausman, Mark C. Wallace

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Information about the ecology of sympatric male deer is limited, which may influence management strategies for these species. We estimated home-range and core-area sizes and overlap, and survival of sympatric male desert mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus eremicus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in west central Texas. We captured 18 males of each species, fitted them with radio-collars, and monitored them for mortality from 2000 through 2003. We calculated home ranges for 7 males of each species in 2001 and 2002. Home-range sizes of mule deer (8.8 km 2) and white-tailed deer (7.4 km 2) were similar. Interspecific home-range overlap was less common than intraspecific overlap. Mean annual survival was 0.76 (s x=0.04) for mule deer and 0.80 (s x=0.06) for white-tailed deer. The high degree of home-range overlap and similar survival between the 2 deer species suggest that management targeting only 1 species may be unfeasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalWestern North American Naturalist
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Home range
  • Males
  • Movements
  • Mule deer
  • Survival
  • White-tailed deer


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