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White-tailed deer--Effect of predation on; Dogs


A survey was conducted among conservation officers in Minnesota to investigate predation by dogs (Canis familiaris) on the whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and the distribution of dog-killed deer within the state. Of the 124 conservation officers checked, 95 confirmed 407 deer killed by dogs from April 1, 1975, through March 31, 1976. Officers also received 1,483 complaints of dogs chasing deer and 626 dogs were destroyed in this activity. Ninety-four percent of these dogs were thought to be domestic, as opposed to feral. The effects of long-distance chases of deer by dogs, prey selectivity and the profile of the free-roaming dog also are discussed.

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