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Black-tailed Deer Behavior
This topic was an excellent choice, especially for our area which has an abundant black-tailed deer population along with lots of developed areas and undeveloped ones.
The Research Question:
Amanda: At the beginning we had a theory that human activities were both beneficial and adverse to the deer. Through our research we were proved right.
Heather: The chart we made marks all the vegetation that was either in the Elwa Valley or the Obrian site. Most of the vegetation was found in the Elwa valley which is less developed, so there was more plant variety at the Elwa site than at the O'Brian site [which is semi-residential].
Sabrina: The most important reason, I think, why we were doing this was the fieldwork. It gave us the best experience and knowledge of being able to go and actually observe the deer.
Heather, Amanda, and Sabrina:
Deer are "crepuscular"
Crepuscular refers to the low-light of dawn and dusk. Deer tend to forage at these times.
There is a difference between white-tailed and black-tailed deer.
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