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1 June 2014 Vocalization Observed in Starving White-Tailed Deer Neonates
M. Colter Chitwood, Marcus A. Lashley, Christopher E. Moorman, Christopher S. DePerno
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We observed loud, frequent vocalizations by 5 Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed Deer) neonates that ultimately died of starvation due to abandonment. We did not observe this behavior by other neonates, regardless of survival or cause of mortality. Thus, we believe that neonate vocalization could serve as a useful field indicator of abandonment. Additionally, estimates of predation rates may be inflated because they are masking high rates of undetected abandonment.

M. Colter Chitwood, Marcus A. Lashley, Christopher E. Moorman, and Christopher S. DePerno "Vocalization Observed in Starving White-Tailed Deer Neonates," Southeastern Naturalist 13(2), (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.013.0202
Published: 1 June 2014
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