Wildlife: Evaluation of the PA Sex-Age-Kill Model for White-tailed Deer
Andrew Norton - Graduate Research Assistant
Dr. Duane Diefenbach - Adviser
Readily available harvest data is frequently incorporated into models used to estimate abundance of game species. However, appropriateness of parameter estimates and assumptions using these data is rarely evaluated. This project uses data across 10 years from >1,500 VHF and GPS collared white-tailed deer to provide parameter estimates and evaluate methods used to estimate white-tailed deer abundance in Pennsylvania. In addition, this project will estimate precision of population estimates.