Title

Do Pellet Counts Index White-Tailed Deer Numbers and Population-Change - A Reply

Authors

TK Fuller

Publication Date

1992

Journal or Book Title

JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Abstract

White (1992) elucidates important limitations using correlation analyses to test population indices. However, in reevaluating Fuller's (1991) white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) aerial survey and pellet count data, White (1992), through exhaustive computer simulation, clearly confirmed the main tenet of that note: the data collected using standard techniques were not sufficiently precise nor accurate to conclude that pellet counts index white-tailed deer numbers and population change. Because some pellet count results indicated an implausible change in the deer population and no other solid supporting data exist in the literature, my contention that "counts of pellet groups probably do not unambiguously reflect deer abundance" (Fuller 1991:395) remains justified.

DOI

10.2307/3808966

Volume

56

Issue

3

Pages

613-613

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